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Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse from Amanda's Trail (bobcat)


The Cleft of the Rock Light is a curiosity in that it manifests the dream of one man and is only one of two lighthouses in Oregon that are part of a private residence (The other is the Pelican Bay Light at Brookings Harbor). Jim Gibbs, a former lighthouse attendant at the Tillamook Rock Light, built the lighthouse tower in 1976, modeling it after the Fiddle Reef Lighthouse on the southern shore of Vancouver Island. The edifice incorporates pieces of several West Coast lighthouses, including the optic lens, which comes from the Solander Island Light off Vancouver Island. Mr. Gibbs passed away in 2010, but the lighthouse remains a private holding. It can be viewed from Amanda's Trail.

Cleft of the Rock sits at the north base of Cape Perpetua, named on March 7th, 1778, by Captain James Cook. The name of the lighthouse comes from a hymn, He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of the Rock, written by the prolific 19th century composer Fanny Crosby, who was blind from the age of six. The hymn is based on a verse from Exodus.

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