The Hughes house was constructed in 1898, for Patrick Hughes and his family. Patrick was a pioneer, as well as a dairy farmer. Before Hughes became a dairy farmer, he ran a black sand mining business. The Hughes House was built by P. J. Lindberg. This house is located north of the Cape Blanco, in Curry County, Oregon. The Hughes House sits on over a 2,000 acre ranch. Patrick Hughes and his family made a living in their livestock and dairy farming. For almost 100 years, this ranch, harbored Hughes descendants. The Hughes House is now a part of the Cape Blanco State Park, and is open to the public.
Patrick Hughes emigrated from
Ireland, to the United States, in 1855. That following year, at age 26, he met
Jane O’Neil. Shortly after they met they got married and settles in California.
Before Hughes began dairy farming, he worked in gold mining. Hughes was gold
mining on the Sixes River, in Oregon. While gold mining here, he developed and
ran a black sand mining operation. About five years after moving to the United
States, Hughes perused a business in dairy farming and livestock. His ranch
spread over 2,000 acres around the Cape Blanco area. Patrick and Jane Hughes
did not have the ranch house constructed until nearly four decades later. Patrick
only lived in the house for three years before he died, but his wife continued
to live in the house until 1923. Patrick and Jane Hughes raised seven children.
One of their children, James Hughes, was the keeper of the Cape Blanco
Lighthouse for 37 years.
The Hughes House is a well preserved
two story house. This house is actually one of the most well preserve house in
Curry County. The Hughes house is a vernacular Queen Anne/Eastlake style. The
house was constructed by P. J. Lindberg, 1898, who was a Swedish immigrant. Lindberg
had a very unique style when designing house which is seen in the house he
built. Lindberg, built many house throughout the area. His style can be seen in
the Hughes house through the diamond-shaped patterns in the gables. It can also
be seen by the fish-scale patterns on the lower portion of the walls.
Patrick Hughes also endorsed the
building of a church in 1893. This Catholic Church was called, St. Mary, Star
of the Sea, and was built by P. J. Lindberg, on Cape Blanco. Behind the church,
there was a cemetery that included most of the Irish workers on the ranch. Alongside
of the house, there was washhouse and bunkhouse. These two buildings were
located northeast of the Hughes house. There was also a smokehouse, a slaughter
house, a dairy barn, and a chicken house located on the ranch. None of these
structures remain standing on the ranch, today.
Patrick Hughes sons are who kept
the ranch operating. The ranch did come to an end at the start of World War II.
Three of Hughes children, remained on the ranch. In 1921, a house was built for
John Materson. John Materson was Patrick Hughes grandchild. Materson, and his
wife lived in this new house for about 20 years. 1971 was the last year anyone
of Hughes descendent lived on the ranch. This was Patrick Hughes’s great granddaughter,
Mary Kathleen Farrier. Today, the property is a part of the Cape Blanco State
Park. The newer house is now the park manager’s residence. The Hughes house is
now open to the public during the warmer months.