Vandals damage historic Oregon lighthouse

Vandals damage historic Oregon lighthouse

TILLAMOOK, Ore. -- Vandals shot up irreplaceable lenses in a 120-year-old historic lighthouse and damaged an active Coast Guard light this past weekend at an Oregon State Park site that has closed for the winter.

A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by The Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible in this case, according to Oregon State Police.

Investigators believe an unknown vehicle drove down a blocked maintenance road at the Cape Meares Lighthouse viewing area between the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 9, and noon Sunday, Jan. 10.

Several rounds were fired, breaking 15 windows at the lighthouse and several pieces of a historic Fresnel lens.

Additional rounds were fired into an active Coast Guard light and other equipment.

While driving off the maintenance road, the suspect vehicle caused significant damage to a grassy area.

Cape Lookout State Park Manager Pete Marvin said the lighthouse lenses were very old with much historical value and are irreplaceable.

Cape Meares Lighthouse went into service January 1890. The lighthouse lens was manufactured in Paris, France, and shipped around Cape Horn up to Oregon prior to that date.

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