Cattle Point, Friday Harbor

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Cattle Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the southeastern tip of San Juan Island overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca where the Haro Straits meet the San Juan Channel, in San Juan County, Washington. The light lies adjacent to the state's Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area and, as of 2013, is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument.
The first light at Cattle Point was a lens lantern on a post erected in 1888. In 1921, the U.S. Navy installed a radio compass station. The modern 34ft, octagonal, concrete tower on Cattle Point was erected in 1935. Following automation in the late 1950s, the tower's lantern was removed and replaced with a 250-mm drum lens that sits on a short mast on top of the tower. The lighthouse received a temporary makeover in 1984, when it was used as a backdrop for an Exxon television commercial. The commercial's ahistorical additions were subsequently removed. The Coast Guard announced plans to reinforce the structure, which was in danger of collapse from the forces of erosion, during the summer of 2010.
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  • We followed the trail through the grassy field towards the little lighthouse on the bluff and were rewarded with great views across the straits to the other islands and mountains in the distance. A....  more
    We followed the trail through the grassy field towards the little lighthouse on the bluff and were rewarded with great views across the straits to the other islands and mountains in the distance. A....  more »
  • Drove down from the American Camp National Historic Park. It is a short drive and stopped to hike out to the lighthouse. Then continued to the parking lot at Cattle Point. Spent time looking at... 
    Drove down from the American Camp National Historic Park. It is a short drive and stopped to hike out to the lighthouse. Then continued to the parking lot at Cattle Point. Spent time looking at...  more »

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