The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, aka Terrible Tilly, is as iconic a North Coast landmark as Haystack Rock. Construction of the lighthouse took 500 days and was completed in January 1881. It was decommissioned in 1957 yet the lighthouse structure remains. Standing 134 feet tall it has withstood the winds, storms and waves for 137 years, creating a history of its own.
Family history with Terrible Tilly drove Brian Ratty to write his most recently released book “Tillamook Rock Lighthouse: History and Tales of Terrible Tilly.” In December 2015, Ratty shared some of those stories-in-progress at one of the first History and Hops events presented by the Seaside Museum. Now Ratty returns to History and Hops, book recently published, to share more of his research, expanding with more tales and historical facts.
This month’s History and Hops will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at the Seaside Brewing Co. History and Hops is a series of local history discussions hosted by the Seaside Museum on the last Thursday of each month, September through May, at Seaside Brewing Co., 861 Broadway.