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Built in 1976 by former lighthouse attendant and noted historian Jim Gibbs, the Cleft of the Rock was officially given lighthouse designation three years later during the 200th anniversary of Captain Cook's day of discovery of the Oregon coast. Located near Cape Perpetua, so named on St. Perpetua Day by Captain Cook, the lighthouse is a replica of the former Fiddle Reef Lighthouse located in Victoria, British Columbia.
Its light flashes white and then red alternately every 10 seconds from a small hallogen globe. Its optic was taken from Solander Island, B.C., where it was used by the Canadian Coast Guard. Constructed of redwood siding, the lighthouse stands 34 feet or 110 feet above sea level. Prior to constructing the Cleft of the Rock, so named from a biblical passage, Gibbs was the keeper at the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
A labor of love for Gibbs, who is in his eighties and has written 21 maritime books, the Cleft of the Rock contains several historic pieces from other West Coast lighthouses. The stair railing was taken from the keepers dwelling at Yaquina Head and installed in the tower and it also contains two fourth-order Fresnel lenses.
While not open to the public, photos may be taken from Highway 101 at milepost 166 located eight miles south of Yachats.
milepost 166 just off Highway 101
Yachats Oregon 97498
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