Browns Point Light

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Browns Point Light
Browns Point Lighthouse.jpg
Browns Point Light is located in Washington (state)
Browns Point Light
Location Browns Point, Washington
Coordinates 47°18′21.3″N 122°26′39.4″W / 47.305917°N 122.444278°W / 47.305917; -122.444278Coordinates: 47°18′21.3″N 122°26′39.4″W / 47.305917°N 122.444278°W / 47.305917; -122.444278
Year first constructed 1887
Year first lit 1933 (current tower); 1903 (previous tower);[1] 1887 (first structure)
Automated 1963
Foundation Concrete
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Square without lantern
Height 34 feet (10 m) (38 feet (12 m) above sea level)
Current lens VRB-25
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)

Flashing white light every 5s, Light obscured from 217° to 002°. HORN: 2 blasts ev 30s (2s bl-2s si-2s bl-24s si).

Browns Point Lighthouse and Keeper's Cottage
Nearest city Tacoma, Washington
Area 2.5 acres (1.0 ha)
Built 1933 (1933)
Architectural style Modernistic
Governing body U.S. Coast Guard / Metro Parks Tacoma
NRHP Reference # 89000208[2]
Added to NRHP February 16, 1989

The Browns Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Tacoma on Browns Point at the east entrance to Puget Sound's Commencement Bay, Pierce County, Washington.[3]


The first light station on Browns Point, erected in 1887, consisted of a white light lens lantern on a white post that stood 12 feet (3.7 m) above sea level and 50 yards from the low tide shoreline.[4] A woodframe lighthouse and separate keepers cottage were built in 1901. The current lighthouse was built in 1933 and automated in 1963.[5] The lighthouse plus the original keeper's cottage, oil house and boathouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Public access[edit]

The Points Northeast Historical Society rents out the keeper's cottage with the renter serving as an honorary lightkeeper who conducts lighthouse tours on Saturday afternoons.[7] The Society also operates two museums by the lighthouse: the History Center with changing history exhibits and the Boat House Museum with displays of a replica surfboat and maritime artifacts.[8][9] The lighthouse is on the grounds of Browns Point Lighthouse Park which offers picnicking and scenic vistas of sea traffic and mountains.[10]


  1. ^ "13th Coast Guard District Lighthouses". 13th Coast Guard District. January 1996. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Browns Point Light". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Washington Lighthouses. National Park Service. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "History of Browns Point Lighthouse Park". Metro Parks Tacoma. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Historic Light Station Information & Photography: Washington". U.S. Coast Guard. November 17, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). National Park Service. February 16, 1989. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Light Keeper's Cottage Rental". Points Northeast Historical Society. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Browns Point, WA". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Browns Point Lighthouse". Seattle and Sound. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 

More reading[edit]

Sharlene and Ted Nelson (1998). Umbrella Guide to Washington Lighthouses. Epicenter Press. ISBN 9780945397700. 

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