Scappoose Peace Candle of the World

Scappoose Peace Candle of the World

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Description
The Peace Candle of the World, also known as the Scappoose Peace Candle, is a tower-like structure designed to resemble a candle in Scappoose, Oregon. It is approximately 50-foot tall, 18-foot structure. The candle was built in 1971 outside of what was then the Brock Candles Inc. factory, which burned down in 1990. The land used to be a dairy farm, and factory owner Darrel Brock created the candle by covering a silo with red wax to advertise the factory. The candle was originally built with an actual wick. On May 9, 1971, the town's mayor and Oregon Governor Tom McCall lit the candle using a custom-made 60-foot-long match. President Richard Nixon was asked to light the candle, but he declined. Due to difficulties keeping the candle lit during rainfall, the wick was replaced with a natural gas line was run up the center of the candle to create a real flame at the top. However, due to environmental concerns and extremely high gas bills, the flame was eventually replaced with an electric neon light flame structure.
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