Cleft of the Rock lighthouse is a privately built
aid to navigation completed in 1976. It is located
on Cape Perpetua, near Yachats. It takes its name
from a hymn - "He Hideth My
Soul in the Cleft of the Rock."
The lighthouse was built by James Gibbs - former keeper at
and author of Oregon lighthouse books.
"I guess it kind of got into my blood. When I
was on Tillamook, I used to say that someday I'd have
my own lighthouse."
(Grant and Jones "Legendary Lighthouses" p. 165)
The 34-foot tower stands 110 feet above sea level,
and houses a modern optic visible for 16 miles.
Construction was contracted to Hoen and Hamilton. The lighthouse
contains items from several other lighthouses -
railings from Yaquina Head,
a stopwatch from Desdemona Sands,
brass oil cans from Tillamook Rock
and Heceta Head, and
a crank handle used to wind the weights at
(Gibbs p. 118)
Oregon's Seacoast Lighthouses, Gibbs pp. 111-113, 118
Legendary Lighthouses, Grant and Jones p. 165