Cape Disappointment Light, Columbia River

Cape Disappointment is a prominent headland and landmark on the north side of the Columbia River. The cape was named on April 12, 1788, by British fur trader John Meares who was sailing south from Nootka in search of trade. After a storm, he turned his ship around just north of the Cape and therefore just missed the discovery of the Columbia River. The river was discovered on May 11, 1792 by Captain Robert Gray, and the river was named after his ship, the Columbia Rediviva. Cape Disappointment receives about 2,552 hours of fog a year – the equivalent of 106 days – making it one of the foggiest places in the U.S. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was first activated on October 15, 1856, it became the eighth active light on the West Coast. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the mouth of the Columbia River.