Monday, September 16, 2013

Windiest Spot

Just up the road a bit from Port Orford is Cape Blanco State Park, one of the windiest spots in the world.  The state park includes the iconic lighthouse, the Hughes House and also a pioneer cemetery.  If you are lucky enough to visit on a non-wind day the views are spectacular.  
The lighthouse originally contained a first order Fresnel lens but was swapped out to a second order in 1936. 

Second Order Fresnel lens.

Pioneer Cemetery 

The vacant grassy area once had a small chapel situated on it.  A Roman Catholic chapel named St. Mary, Star of the Sea.  It has long since disappeared into the ground.
All the bodies have been moved to another cemetery but the headstones remain.