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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse (bobcat)


The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was constructed in 1856 to warn ships of the dangerous bar at the mouth of the Columbia River, the "Graveyard of the Pacific." The beacon is the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast of the United States.

In 1788, Captain John Meares missed the mouth of the Columbia River and named the promontory upon which the lighthouse stands 'Cape Disappointment.' Four years later, Captain Robert Gray managed to cross the bar and enter the Columbia, thus earning the right to name the river after his ship, the Columbia Rediviva. In November 1805, Captain William Clark reached the Pacific Ocean right below the headland at Waikiki Beach.

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