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.

US Hwy 30, Scappoose, OR
On the south end of town, on the northbound side of US 30.
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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.

[ 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.

Peace Candle

I grew up in Scappoose Oregon in the late 60s, early 70s. Around the time the Vietnam war ended, the candle factory on the edge of town erected a large "Peace Candle". It was actually an old barn silo coated with wax. Out of the top was a gas flame. They had asked the President of the United States (then Nixon) to light it. He declined, so they asked the governer of Oregon. I remember not being in town that weekend, and watching it on TV from Hood River Oregon. They would re-coat the candle different colors with the season. Christmas red, multi-color for the fall, so on. And, every once in a while, they would emit a scent that would take over the whole town. The flame was supposed to burn forever, but went out several times. At one point the factory was sold, and an electic flame was put on top.

[Brad Bivvins, 04/13/2003]

The "Peace Candle of the World" was dedicated on May 9, 1971. And the Portland region has another orphaned candle attraction about 40 miles away -- Oregon's Sad Centennial Candle.

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