Mukilteo Light

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Mukilteo Light
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Mukilteo Light is located in Washington (state)
Mukilteo Light
Location Mukilteo, Washington
Coordinates 47°56′55″N 122°18′16″W / 47.94861°N 122.30444°W / 47.94861; -122.30444Coordinates: 47°56′55″N 122°18′16″W / 47.94861°N 122.30444°W / 47.94861; -122.30444[1]
Year first constructed 1906
Year first lit 1906
Automated 1979
Foundation Surface
Construction Wood
Tower shape Octagonal
Height 38 feet (12 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Mukilteo Light Station
MukilteoLighthouse Dec2005.jpg
Nearest city Mukilteo, Washington
Built 1906 (1906)
Architect Leick, Carl W.
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th century Revivals: Colonial Revival/Classical Revival
Governing body City of Mukilteo
NRHP Reference # 77001360[2]
Added to NRHP October 21, 1977

The Mukilteo Light is an operational navigation aid located on the east side of Possession Sound at Mukilteo, Snohomish County, Washington, in the United States.[3][4] It is owned and operated by the city of Mukilteo as part of Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. The grounds and interior are open to the public. The Mukilteo Historical Society maintains the lighthouse and the exhibits about the lighthouse and city history in the keeper's house.


The lighthouse was built using the design by Carl W. Leick[5] also seen in the second lighthouse at Ediz Hook and at Oregon's Cape Arago Light. It went into operation in 1906. It originally had a revolving fresnel lens until 1927, when it was replaced with a fixed (non-rotating) fresnel lens. The lighthouse and a modern fog signal were automated in 1979, and in 1981, a remote fog sensor was installed. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 1991, the Coast Guard leased the lighthouse to the city of Mukilteo, although navigational equipment is still maintained by the Coast Guard.[6][7][8][9]

The lighthouse is one of only a few lighthouses constructed of wood.[citation needed]

Events and amenities[edit]

There is a seasonal gift shop on site, a small museum, and friendly volunteers taking visitors to see the Fresnel lens and answer questions. Weddings can be arranged to be held on the grounds by contacting the Historical Society. A park and public boat launch are next to the light station grounds. On windy days, locals may be seen flying large kites. There is a public bathroom, and barbeque grills.[10] During salmon runs, the water between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island has traditionally been a good fishing ground for sports fishermen. Seals and otters frequent the area. To the north of the Mukilteo light station, visitors can board the ferry to Clinton, on Whidbey Island.


  1. ^ "Mukilteo Lighthouse". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "MukilteoLight". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Washington Lighthouses. National Park Service. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mukilteo Light". Lighthouse Digest. Lighthouse Explorer (Foghorn Publishing). Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Nomination and Registration Forms" (PDF). National Park Service. October 21, 1977. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mukilteo, WA". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Historic Overview of the Light Station". Mukilteo Historical Society. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ Rowlett, Russ (October 19, 2014). "Lighthouses of the United States: Washington". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Lighthouse Park". City of Mukilteo. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 

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