Scappoose, Oregon: Peace Candle of the World

An old 50-foot-tall grain silo, originally coated in 20 tons of real wax, now wrapped in imitation wax topped with an electric flame. First lit on Mother's Day, 1971. Mission thus far unsuccessful.

Address:
US Hwy 30, Scappoose, OR
Directions:
On the south end of town, on the northbound side of US 30.
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Peace Candle of the World

No longer a candle. Still red faux wax covered, but no markings and no flame top.

[Jamie Brewer, 11/10/2022]

The Candle has been temporarily de-flamed while apartments are built next door. The developer has pledged to restore the Candle once construction is complete.

Peace Candle of the World.

Peace Candle of the World

The Peace Candle of the World has been burning with noble intentions for nearly 50 years, and the city council of Scappoose intends to keep its flame lit. However, a story in the Columbia County Spotlight reports that the property on which the candle stands -- which once had a candle factory until it burned down -- has been sold to developer who plans to build apartments. According to the Spotlight, the city manager has vowed to protect the Candle. It's unclear what the city would do if the developer refuses to cooperate; moving the candle, a 50-foot-high silo covered in tons of imitation wax, seems unlikely. Perhaps Scappoose could simply build a new one.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/07/2019]

Peace Candle of the World.

Peace Candle of the World

Large candle that has a neon flame, just as you enter in the town of Scappoose.

[Sky, 07/19/2018]

According to a sign in from of the candle, it's been flickering for peace since May 9, 1971.

Peace Candle of the World.

Peace Candle of the World

I remember the dedication of the original, real wax candle.

[Doug Bowers, 05/29/2018]

Peace Candle of the World.

Scappoose Peace Candle

The Scappoose Peace Candle was dedicated in 1971 to the people of the world.

[Jody Day, 04/28/2014]

A beacon of post-sixties good vibrations, repurposed from an old silo.


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