Browns Point, Washington

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Browns Point
Unincorporated community
Browns Point is located in Washington (state)
Browns Point
Browns Point
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates: 47°18′21″N 122°26′38″W / 47.30583°N 122.44389°W / 47.30583; -122.44389Coordinates: 47°18′21″N 122°26′38″W / 47.30583°N 122.44389°W / 47.30583; -122.44389
Country United States
State Washington
County Pierce
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Browns Point is a point of land in Pierce County, Washington, United States, bordered by Tacoma on the east and Puget Sound on all other sides. The Tacoma neighborhood immediately adjacent to Browns Point is also referred to locally as "Browns Point" (although it is also often referred to as Northeast Tacoma).

Originally named Point Harris, after Alvin Harris, a sailmaker on the Wilkes Expedition, Browns Point was later renamed by residents for an early landowner.

Browns Point is home to the Browns Point Lighthouse, which, although now fully automated, was once fully manned and was first lit on December 12, 1887.[1]

The community is supported by the local Browns Point Improvement Club, which owns much of the land adjacent to the lighthouse. The club is best known in the Pacific Northwest for its fundraiser, the Browns Point Salmon Bake. Started in the 1940s by Browns Point pioneer and Puyallup tribal member Jerry Meeker, the festival is held in the first weekend of August in even-numbered years.


  1. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 

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