Tanglewood Island

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A building on the north shore of Tanglewood Island with Mount Rainier in the distance behind it.
A non-functioning lighthouse on the island; in the background is Mount Rainier
Location Hale Passage (Puget Sound)
Coordinates 47°16′05″N 122°38′31″W / 47.268°N 122.642°W / 47.268; -122.642Coordinates: 47°16′05″N 122°38′31″W / 47.268°N 122.642°W / 47.268; -122.642
Area 18 acres (7.3 ha)[1]
Length 1,800 ft (550 m)[2]
Width 600 ft (180 m)[2]
United States

Tanglewood Island is a small island in Hale Passage off the northern shore of Fox Island in Pierce County, Washington.

The island was a summer home of Conrad L. Hoska (1856–1910), a prominent figure in the nearby city of Tacoma.[3][4] From 1945 it hosted a boys' camp, and in the following year the lighthouse structure (pictured) was completed.[5]

The Geographic Names Information System lists several alternative names: Ellens Isle, Grant Island, Grave Island, and Hoska Island.[6] The name Tanglewood was inspired by the heavy undergrowth and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales.[1] It was chosen as the official name of the island by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names in 1947.[6]

In the 2010 United States Census, the island was included as part of the Fox Island census-designated place. The census block encompassing just Tanglewood Island showed a population of 8 with 5 housing units.[7]


  1. ^ a b Newell, Bernice E. (October 19, 1913). "Tanglewood Island: A Real Fairy Land" (PDF). The Tacoma Tribune. 
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Recommends Change in Names of State Places". Spokane Daily Chronicle. AP. June 26, 1947. 
  3. ^ "Conrad L. Hoska Dead at Tacoma". The Spokane Chronicle. June 29, 1910. p. 8. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Herbert; Kaylor, Floyd C. (1917). Washington, West of the Cascades. S. J. Clarke. pp. 364–367.  A section devoted to Hoska's biography.
  5. ^ "Richards Studio Collection Series: A51432-1 and A51432-2". Tacoma Public Library.  Descriptions of images of the island from the 1950s. Search for "Tanglewood Island" (TPL-8495, TPL-9190).
  6. ^ a b "Tanglewood Island". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - Block 1002, Block Group 1, Census Tract 724.10, Pierce County, Washington". 2010 Census Summary File 1. United States Census Bureau. 

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