Monday, April 21, 2014

Terrible Tilly

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That speck on the horizon is Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, about a mile off the coastline near Cannon Beach, Oregon.

It took 575 days of great exertion, persistence and loss of life to build the lighthouse, which operated from 1881 to 1957. And being a light keeper was an exercise in grueling isolation punctuated by sheer terror when the towering waves of winter storms engulfed the structure, throwing huge logs and rocks against the walls and through the windows. The name "Terrible Tilly" grew out of these experiences.

Today. the only way to access the rock is by helicopter. The deserted building is a nesting place for thousands of birds (and probably a ghost or two.)

You can read more about Tillamook Light's fascinating history here, and here is a more recent video of a wave breaking over it.

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