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Warrior Rock Light

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Warrior Rock Lighthouse (cfm)


Warrior Rock Light was built in 1889 as a narrow two-story structure on top of a 16-foot high sandstone base. In 1931, the lighthouse was replaced with a tower atop the same sandstone pedestal. The lighthouse bell is the oldest fog bell in the Pacific Northwest, but was cracked during a repair in 1969. The bell is now on display at the Columbia County Historic Courthouse in St. Helens (The 1969 incident involved the collision of a barge with the sandstone foundation).

A keeper does reside near the light in a small prefab structure that is fenced off from the public. The structure is next to the chimney and foundation of the old lighthouse keeper's house.

Warrior Rock was named by Lieutenant William Broughton, who in 1792, made a foray up the Columbia River as part of Captain George Vancouver's Pacific expedition. Here, the Broughton party was surrounded by canoes full of Chinook warriors, but the incident ended peacefully.

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