The Cape Mears lighthouse at 34 feet is one of the shortest on the west coast. The lighthouse placement is on a high rocky cliff making the light 217 feet above the ocean. The first order Henry Lapaute lens and 800,000 candlepower light is visible 21 miles at sea. The light was originally intended to be located on Cape Lookout but due to a map makers mistake in reversing the two names the construction was started on Cape Mears.
Since the lighthouse was already partially completed at the time of discovery of the error there was an obvious problem. To settle the dilemma, President Benjamin Harrison stepped in and settled the matter with his approval of the Cape Mears site.