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The Point Wilson Lighthouse, presently a US Coast Guard lighthouse has been open to the public on a limited basis for only a few years.

No longer considered essential for aiding navigation, the Coast Guard is in the process of transferring the lighthouse to Fort Worden State Park.

First established in 1879, the light was originally on top of the lighthouse keeper's house. The name of the light and the point it stands on comes from Captain George Vancouver, who first sighted the point in May of 1792. In 1913 the present distinctive structure was built. The fixed white light with a red flash every 20 seconds comes from a 1000 watt bulb through a rotating fourth-order Fresnel lens. The light has a range of sixteen miles. Before electricity, the light was produced by an oil lamp which is said to have burned three gallons of oil a night. The first lightkeeper at Point Wilson was David M. Littlefield, a civil war veteran who lived in Port Townsend for several years.

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  • Copyright: Muna Annahas (helena_seattle) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 1 N: 6] (340)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2006-04-02
  • Exposição: f/7.0, 1/150 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2006-04-03 3:01
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