Dofflemyer Point Light

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Dofflemyer Point Light
Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse.jpg
Dofflemyer Point Light, ca. 2012
Dofflemyer Point Light is located in Washington (state)
Dofflemyer Point Light
Location Budd Inlet, Washington
Coordinates 47°08′27″N 122°54′27″W / 47.14083°N 122.90750°W / 47.14083; -122.90750Coordinates: 47°08′27″N 122°54′27″W / 47.14083°N 122.90750°W / 47.14083; -122.90750[1]
Year first constructed 1934
Year first lit 1934
Automated 1987
Foundation Surface
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Pyramidal
Height 30 feet (9.1 m)
Focal height 9 metre Edit this on Wikidata
Range 7 nautical mile Edit this on Wikidata
Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse
Nearest city Olympia, Washington
Architect Kindle, Rufus
Architectural style Other
MPS Maritime Related Resources of Budd Inlet MPS
NRHP reference # 93001339[2]
Added to NRHP May 1, 1995
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

The Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse is a U.S. lighthouse in Boston Harbor, Washington, and was one of the first in the state of Washington to be automated. It sits at the northeastern entrance to Budd Inlet north of Olympia.[3] It is the southernmost light in Puget Sound[4] and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


Dofflemeyer Point defines the eastern side of the entrance to Budd Inlet, which leads south to Olympia, the state capital. Dofflemyer Point was named after Isaac Dofflemyer, a pioneer settler.[6] A lens lantern atop a twelve-foot stake was established at the Point in 1887. The present day 30-foot (9.1 m), pyramidal concrete tower, designed by architect Rufus Kindle, replaced the first light in 1934.[7] In the 1960s, the Coast Guard automated the Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse, using photoelectric cells to turn the light on and off. However, a contract keeper was still required to maintain the light and tower, and to activate the fog signal when needed. The lighthouse was fully automated in 1987 and a radio-beacon, which transmitted a radio signal used in locating a mariner’s position, was installed.[8]

On May 1, 1995, the Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse was officially designated by the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as an historic place and listed on the Washington Heritage Register. The lighthouse sits on private property and is not open to the public.[9]

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  1. ^ "Dofflemyer Point Lighthouse". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (October 19, 2014). "Lighthouses of the United States: Washington". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "13th Coast Guard District Lighthouses". 13th Coast Guard District. January 1996. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form". National Park Service. May 1, 1995. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Thurston County Place Names: A Heritage Guide" (PDF). Thurston County Historical Commission. 1992. p. 21. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "Dofflemeyer Point, WA". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dofflemyer Point Light". Lighthouse Digest. Foghorn Publishing. Retrieved April 28, 2015.