Tillamook Rock & Light House - 1880s


Tillamook Rock & Light House - Davidson

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Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse. The lighthouse was completed in 1881, and this photo was taken soon after that. The distant view may have resulted from necessity, but I like to think the photographer wanted to emphasize the splendid isolation of the site. Located one mile offshore from Tillamook Head, the lighthouse can be seen from Seaside, Cannon Beach, and Ecola State Park. It was shut down in 1957 and replaced with a whistle buoy, having become the most expensive U.S. lighthouse to operate, due to the severity of local storms. Note in detail 2 the elaborate mechanisms for getting people and goods on and off Tillamook Rock. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0067
Photographer Isaac G. Davidson
Location Oregon Coast, Tillamook County
Subject Lighthouses, Ocean, Rock Formations
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Boudoir Card
Size of Original 4.5 x 8.2 inches
Photographer's Number Number 125