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Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse
(1976)

Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse was built by Jim Gibbs, a former keeper of the famous Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. The tower is a replica of the 1898 Fiddle Reef Lighthouse, which was a lighthouse on Vancouver Island long ago.  Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse stands 110 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Gibbs decided to build this private lighthouse as part of his home.  It is located on the cliffs just south of Yachats

Jim Gibbs has written a number of books, including Tillamook Light and Pacific Graveyard.  He is a true historian of lighthouse, maritime and shipwreck history, and has collected a number of treasures from the past that now decorate his home.

This lighthouse is not open to the public, and can only be viewed from mile post 166 on Oregon's Highway 101. Just after passing this mile post marker, look down off the northwest side of the highway, and you will see James Gibb's home and lighthouse as shown below. We ask that you please respect his privacy, and not go any closer than what the freeway has to offer.

Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse


* Associated Press, The Seattle Times Company 
"Private Lighthouse is Authors Home."  December 24, 1997.

* Nelson, Sharlene & Ted.  Umbrella Guide to Oregon Lighthouses.  
Epicenter Press Inc.  1994.


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