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West Point Lighthouse, Seattle

#7 of 12 in Historic Sites in Seattle
Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The West Point Light, also known as the Discovery Park Lighthouse, is an active aid to navigation on Seattle, Washington's West Point, which juts into Puget Sound and marks the northern extent of Elliott Bay. The lighthouse is similar in design to the Point No Point Light and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It is a main feature of Seattle's Discovery Park.
The 23feet lighthouse began operation on November 15, 1881, using a fourth-order Fresnel lens. It was the first manned light station on Puget Sound, built at a cost of $25,000. It was illuminated with a kerosene lamp for its first 44 years, until it was attached to Seattle's electric grid in 1926. It became automated in 1985, the last station in Washington to do so.
Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, in early 2003, Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation applied to the United States Department of the Interior to take custody of the lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard and incorporate it into Discovery Park. The city was granted the property in October 2004.
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  • This is a very a lovely lighthouse. The Park in general was a great visit even in the rain. I will certainly visit again!! The view was great.  more »
  • Who would think such a beautiful lighthouse and beach is this close to Seattle? But it is and it's a great place to get some peaceful views of the water and watch the ferry in the distance. The...  more »
  • After a long hiking. Come down to this beach and eat your snack, lunch, or whatever, while enjoying the view. This spot is located at Discovery park. You can also drive down, but I recommend hiking down to it, it's worth trying for. It was a weekday that I go, so I have the whole beach for myself. Weekdays lots of people.
  • A nice walk at discovery park leads you to this lighthouse and an awesome beach. There are plenty of trails at the park .Bring your kids and dogs for a light stroll in a summer day.

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