Tree Point Light
Current lighthouse, completed in 1935
|Location||Revillagigedo Channel, Alaska|
|Year first constructed||1905 (first)|
|Year first lit||1935 (current)|
|Construction||reinforced concrete tower|
|Tower shape||square parallelepiped tower with lantern attached to oil house|
|Markings / pattern||art deco architecture,
white tower, red lantern
|Height||58 feet (18 m)|
|Focal height||86 feet (26 m)|
|Original lens||Fourth order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||VRB-25 lens|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 6s.
obscured from 158° to 318°
Tree Point Lighthouse
|Nearest city||Ketchikan, Alaska|
|Area||76.5 acres (31.0 ha)|
|Architect||Chase, D.A.; Edwin Laird|
|Architectural style||Art Deco, Classical Revival, et al.|
|MPS||Light Stations of the United States MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||04001177|
|Added to NRHP||October 27, 2004|
The Lighthouse Board approved the construction of the Tree Point Lighthouse on April 24, 1903, and just over a year later the light was activated on April 30, 1904. The lighthouse was the first, and only lighthouse, to be built on mainland Alaska. In the early 1930s, the Bureau of Lighthouses authorized reconstruction of the station with reinforced concrete. Work began in 1933 and was completed in 1935. The 1935 lighthouse was equipped with a fourth-order Fresnel lens, which is now displayed at the Tongass Historical Museum in Ketchikan, Alaska. In 1969 it was automated. The Fresnel lens was replaced with a lens mounted outside the lantern room. In the summer of 1977 the lens on the gallery was replaced with a modern, solar-powered VRB-25 Vega lens placed back inside the lantern room.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2004. Its 2003 NRHP nomination stated that it was "the most intact [lighthouse] outpost in the southern section of Southeast Alaska. It includes the concrete light and fog-signal building built in 1935, one standing keeper residence, the two original oil houses, the later-period boathouse, and features of the water supply system. In addition, the tramway run is relatively intact." Additional features of a derrick and winch were deemed non-contributing, because they are relatively recent replacements.
- List of lighthouses in the United States
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska
- Cape Spencer The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 9 June 2016
- Alaska Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 9 June 2016
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Robert M. Weaver (February 27, 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Tree Point Lighthouse / Tree Point Light Station (AHRS Site No. XPR-006)" (PDF). National Park Service. and accompanying five photos from 2002
- United States Coast Guard
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Alaska". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Lighthouse Friends — Tree Point Lighthouse
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Alaska". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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