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Tillamook Rock Light

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Tillamook Head (bobcat)


"Terrible Tilly", as she became known, sits on the high end of a rock island 1 1/4 miles off of Tillamook Head. The rock feels the full force of ocean gales and the lighthouse took 1 1/2 years to construct, with the workers often enduring miserable conditions. The lighthouse began operating in January, 1881, and was eventually decommissioned in 1957, a team of four keepers maintaining 24-hour operations until then. The building was sold to the first of a series of private owners in 1959. From 1980 to 1999, it operated as a columbarium, although only a few cremated remains ended up being stored here. The owners lost their license, and the lighthouse's next role is yet to be determined.

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