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Cape Blanco Lighthouse

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GPS Coordinates: 42.83576, -124.560783

The intense weather conditions here are the main reason Cape Blanco has the oldest, continually operating lighthouse in Oregon. Rising more than 250 feet (76.2 m) above sea level, the tower was positioned here to warn ships away from the deadly reefs below. It has been doing so since 1870.

Despite the light’s impressive reach (it can be seen over 20 miles (32 km) out to sea), accidents still happened. In fact, some of the ships delivering supplies to build the lighthouse were destroyed by storms before they could offload their cargo. The worst shipwreck was an oil tanker called the J.A. Chanslor. In 1919, the ship broke apart on the rocks offshore. Thirty-six people lost their lives within clear sight of the light.

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What Is A Landmark Place?

A landmark can be one of two things. It’s either a natural feature of the landscape around us that’s easily recognizable from a distance, such as a mountain, a hilltop or a river. Or it’s a place where something remarkable happened which was important to the people living in the area. This could include a naturally-existing area, but it might also be a human construction like a building, a bridge or a railroad.

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If you have a smart device which is Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled, finding coordinates to a Landmark Place can be easy and fun. Check your online app store for an appropriate app, enter the coordinates into your device and it will help you find this location. GPS is a very accurate technology and, in most cases, can get you within a few feet of your target.