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Cape Meares
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View from the parking area at Cape Meares

View from the parking area at Cape Meares

Cape Meares is now a pleasant and peaceful Oregon State Park. But for several years after the Coast Guard decommissioned the lighthouse in 1963, it was heavily vandalized, parts of the lenses stolen, and several buildings had to be torn down. Another incident occurred in 2010 when two drunk local men shot up the light and its Fresnel lens.

Cape Meares on the Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

Date photographed: August 6, 2014
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View north from Cape Meares

View north from Cape Meares

Cape Meares is walled by basalt cliffs hundreds of feet high. Sunny days such as this are very rare here.

Cape Meares on the Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

Date photographed: August 6, 2014
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Cape Meares Lighthouse

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Cape Meares was named for John Meares , a British trader. In 1789 he provoked a conflict between England and Spain, known as the Nootka Crisis, which resulted in agreement on British control of British Columbia and (temporarily) the Oregon Territory.

Cape Meares on the Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

Date photographed: August 6, 2014
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Cape Meares Lighthouse, shortest on the Oregon Coast

Cape Meares Lighthouse, shortest on the Oregon Coast

Although the Cape Meares Light tower is only 38 feet tall, it stands atop a mighty cliff, 223 feet above the ocean. The tower is made of iron-clad brick and the lantern houses a first order Fresnel lens.

Cape Meares on the Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

Date photographed: August 6, 2014
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Murres, puffins, and cormorants can be seen at Cape Meares

Murres, puffins, and cormorants can be seen at Cape Meares

Cape Meares juts abruptly into the ocean, bringing birders out to the habitat of many uncommon sea birds such as puffins and murres.

Cape Meares on the Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

Date photographed: August 6, 2014
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