Port Orford – Takes Me Back!

When I was a child I remember seeing a movie that left a great impression on me and was probably the reason I became a painter and visual artist. The movie was “Portrait of Jeanie” and in the movie the most dramatic scene was the scene that played out on the rocks near a beautiful lighthouse. 

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse —  Circa: 1870 — Operational

Pictured above is Cape Blanco – here is some information about it:
Facts: 59′ Tower  •  Focal Plane 256′ (245′)  •  Visibility: 22 miles  •  Signal: Flash White 20 Seconds
Latitude: 42 50.2 N  •  Longitude: 124 33.8 W
1st Order & Current 2nd Order Lens French Lenses by: Henry-LePaute
National Register of Historic Places #73002339 • Listed April 21, 1993

Information sourced: Discover Oregon Lighthouses

Lighthouses have always held a great curiosity for  me – especially the ones I get to visit in Port Orford. Port Orford, halfway between Bandon and Gold Beach, has lots of other wonderful things going for it too! From spectacular seascapes and mountain hiking trails with panoramic vistas, to art galleries and an authentic Victorian mansion. With ocean, lake and river fishing, boating and kayaking, and absolutely perfect wind sailing conditions.

It has a very active artistic community, (another reason I love it) with eight art galleries owned and operated by working artists, including some genuinely world-class talents.

It makes a great day trip from Hilltop House in Gold Beach and when you get hungry you can choose from a series of restaurants where you can enjoy creative cuisine, a New York-style Italian trattoria, great diner food, seafood, steaks and what locals believe is the best fish and chips and chowder on the coast.

Just a few miles north of town is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest and most westerly lighthouse in Oregon and, in the same park, the beautifully restored Victorian Hughes House Museum.Here are a few more pictures to enjoy of Port Orford.  

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