Cape Meares Lighthouse Vandalized

Cape Meares Lighthouse Vandalized

Sunday, January 10, we decided to do a day trip to the Oregon coast and one of our favorite Oregon lighthouses. We arrived at the Cape Meares Lighthouse to learn that vandals had fired several shots at the Cape Meares Lighthouse during the night last night, breaking many of the glass panes and breaking the lens inside that had been built in the 1800s. What is especially sad is that this lens can never be replaced and this historic lighthouse will never have its original beauty again. The Tillamook County Sheriff Department and the Oregon State Police were just arriving on the scene to investigate and gather possible evidence. The area was closed to the public shortly after I took this picture.

If anyone has any tips concerning this very sad crime, please contact the Tillamook County Sheriff Department or the Oregon State Police so the criminals responsible for this act can be brought to justice.

Anyone with information to help in the OSP investigation is asked to call the OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.

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greg says ... on Tuesday, Feb 2 at 7:09 AM

Just heard the news, Traveled from Wisconsin to Oregon last summer and the Cape Meares Lighthouse was one of our favorite stops. This is a tragic thing and I hope that whoever did this is caught. This is senseless.

andrew says ... on Wednesday, Jan 13 at 4:23 PM

alcohol and testosterone

Jim Kahn says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 9:31 PM

How could anyone in their right mind do such an awful thing? That’s the key word here…right mind! No sane person would ever do such a despicable thing. This is an Oregon historical landmark and should to be respected as such. As one person alread

Carol B. says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 5:44 PM

The person or people need to pick up every piece of glass themselves.People brag, they will be found. Please make them accountable.

John W. says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 2:13 PM

Though difficult to put a dollar amount on such a loss, the person(s) responsible should pay dearly for their stupidity. Hope they have to write a substantial check every month for the rest of their lives. Public humiliation ban from state property

inurtrash says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 9:57 AM

I just hope if and when these jerks are caught, the maximum criminal sentence is imposed combined with the highest fines possible.

TIFFANY says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 9:41 AM

This is one of my favorite lighthouses to go to. The sites from the park are just breathtakingly beautiful. As a front desk agent I always send people down the coast to this lighthouse. Sooooo sad. :(

Brian Pfau says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 8:57 AM

This saddens me that people lower themselves to do things like this. The pure disrespect for historical lanmarks just angers me. Thank you Bill for the sad story and the wonderfull photo as they always are.

Gary E. Wilson says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 8:44 AM

I just hope the law get's some good leads and get the person or persons involved in this act of violence against a historical light house.

Chris Havel says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 8:32 AM

Thanks for the much-needed sympathy. To help with the reward and to start building up money for repairs, contact the Friends of Cape Meares -- Chris, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.

Steve says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 7:34 AM

I've been to that light house a few times and it was a work of art. If they catch the low life hillbillies that did this they should be beaten in the town square.

Bobcatbob says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 7:26 AM

It frustrates me to hear of this crime done to such a pretty thing in history. I volunteer for 2 organizations to help them in time of need.I am proud to do what i do.Maybe they need to do same thing to try and pay back to the same comunitee.

Pattie says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 5:39 AM

How sad. To think someone would thoughtlessly damage another's property leaves me shaking my head - not to mention the danger to sailors because the lighthouse is not functioning. Yes, we still need lighthouses 'cause GPS, etc., can fail.

Andy says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 3:41 AM

How is it that we can not make a replacement of something made in the 1800's? sukonachi-not sure if many ships still rely on lighthouses. No reason on earth for this kind of nonsense. The lowlife responsible should have his own light turned out.

sukonachi says ... on Tuesday, Jan 12 at 2:06 AM

Very sad indeed .. I took a tour of the Yaquinta head lighthouse a few months ago and the tour guide had told us other sad stories of lighthouses on the Oregon coast being vandalized. Why the lighthouses? They keep our ships safe at sea.

tillcountylocals says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 5:57 PM

These fools should be turned over to the local militia, not the police. Todays justice system is a joke! Just drop em off in south tillamook county, we'll handle the rest. ;o)

lighthouse lover says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 5:36 PM

Seriously? What a drag. I truly can't believe the ignorance of some of the people on this planet.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 4:57 PM

I have seen all that glass up close. What a waste.

lrm says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 4:31 PM

You go to coast to ck out a light house and it gets vandalized the night before you get there. Who did you tell you were on your way?

matt says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 4:02 PM

gosh that makes me sad to read..shooting out the old glass in a historic lighthouse.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 4:02 PM

god that makes me personally feel so sad. shooting out a historic lighthouse..

ks says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 3:10 PM

It is sad to see a piece of glass over 200 years old and can't be replaced shattered by some kids who probably were drunk looking for a "good time". OR some very malicious punks who find enjoyment in senseless destruction.

DaveH says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 11:29 AM

This just makes good, worthwhile people shake thier head at the inbred cowardice that would make someoe do this. It's a permanent historical loss for everyone, since the Fresnel lense segments can not be replaced.

Robert says ... on Monday, Jan 11 at 10:55 AM

That is so sad! I love our lighthouses. Such senseless destruction - someone needs help! They should find the perpetrators and make them pay and help to restore the lighthouse.

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