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Cape Blanco from space, October 1994


Cape Blanco is a prominent headland on the Pacific Oceanmarker coast of southwestern Oregonmarker in the United Statesmarker, forming the westernmost point in the state. It contests with Cape Alavamarker in Washingtonmarker for the title of westernmost point in the contiguous United States. This contention is due to land shifts and measurement anomalies. Most sources believe Cape Alava is more westerly.

It is located in northern Curry County, approximately 5 mi (8 km) north of Port Orfordmarker, along a mountainous and isolated stretch of the coast bounded to the east by the Coast Rangemarker. The cape is part of Cape Blanco State Park. The cape is the location of the Cape Blanco Lightmarker, first lit in 1870.

In Jules Verne's early science fiction book The Begum's Millions, a Utopian community named Ville-France is established in 1872 on the South Oregon beach. Verne gives the location of this fictitious community as "eighty kilometres north of Cape Blanco".

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