Burrows Island Light

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Burrows Island Light
Burrows Island Light.jpg
Burrows Island Light (USCG)
Burrows Island Light is located in Washington (state)
Burrows Island Light
Location Burrows Island, Washington
Coordinates 48°28′41″N 122°42′49″W / 48.47806°N 122.71361°W / 48.47806; -122.71361Coordinates: 48°28′41″N 122°42′49″W / 48.47806°N 122.71361°W / 48.47806; -122.71361[1]
Year first constructed 1906
Year first lit 1906
Automated 1972
Foundation Stone
Construction Wood
Tower shape White square tower on fog signal building
Height 34 feet (10 m) (57 feet (17 m) above sea level)
Focal height 17 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Original lens Fourth-order Fresnel lens (removed)
Range 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
Characteristic Flashing white light every 6 s. Emergency light Iso W 6 s, operates at reduced intensity. Horn: 2 blasts ev 30s (2s bl-2s si-2s bl-24s si).

The Burrows Island Light is a lighthouse on the western tip of Burrows Island, facing Rosario Strait, near Anacortes, in Skagit County, Washington.[2]


In 1905, prompted by the loss of several vessels to nearby Dennis Shoal and Lawson Reef, the Lighthouse Board selected the westernmost tip of Burrows Island, near Anacortes, Washington, as the site for a new light station. The island covering more than 400 acres (160 ha) stands just off Fidalgo Island, and presents a rugged aspect to sailors. The Burrows Island Light, faces Rosario Strait and was first lit April 1, 1906.[3] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published a small photograph and enthusiastic article on May 2, 1906. "The fog signal station is a model plant and contains all the latest improvements. A fourteen foot trumpet is used to sound the warnings instead of a bell, and the contrivance is operated by the power of two powerful gasoline engines."

The Daboll trumpet fog signal blew the next year for 329 hours. The 34 square feet (3.2 m2) tower is attached to the fog signal building and once held a fourth-order Fresnel lens.[4]

Captain James Hermann and his assistant Edward Pfaff were the first keepers at the station, which consisted of four buildings: the lighthouse itself, a boathouse and shop, a small coal and oil building and the massive duplex which dominates the station.[4]

The wood-framed lighthouse stands nears the island's shoreline, which mainly consists of sharp and rocky drop-offs that demanded a derrick be constructed for loading the station boat and bringing in supplies.[5] Automated in 1972, the Fresnel lens was replaced with modern optics and a helicopter landing pad located where the lighthouse keeper's home formerly stood.[4]

In 2011, the Northwest Schooner Society began a long-term restoration project of the property and its weather-damaged and vandal-ravaged buildings.[6]


  1. ^ "Burrows Island Lighthouse". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Burrows Island Light". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Washington Lighthouses. National Park Service. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "Historic Light Station Information & Photography: Washington". U.S. Coast Guard. November 17, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Burrows Island, WA". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "13th Coast Guard District Lighthouses". 13th Coast Guard District. January 1996. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Burrows Island Light Station Restoration". Northwest Schooner Society. Retrieved April 23, 2015.

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