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Browns Point Lighthouse
Location Browns Point, Washington
Coordinates 47°18′21.3″N 122°26′39.4″W / 47.305917°N 122.444278°W / 47.305917; -122.444278
Year first constructed 1887
Year first lit 1933 (current tower); 1903 (previous tower); 1887 (first structure)
Automated 1963
Foundation Concrete
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Square without lantern
Height 34 feet (10 m) (38 feet (12 m) above sea level)
Original lens VRB-25
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Flashing white light every 5s, Light obscured from 217° to 002°. HORN: 2 blasts ev 30s (2s bl-2s si-2s bl-24s si).

The Browns Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Tacoma on Browns Point at the east entrance to Puget Sound's Commencement Bay, Pierce County, Washington.


Cupy the first light station on Browns Point, erected in 1887, consisted of a white light lens lantern on a white post that stood 12 feet (3.7 m) above sea level and 50 yards from the low tide shoreline. A wood-frame lighthouse and separate keepers cottage were built in 1901. The current lighthouse was built in 1933 and automated in 1963. The lighthouse plus the original keeper's cottage, oil house and boathouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Public access

The Points Northeast Historical Society rents out the keeper's cottage with the renter serving as an honorary lightkeeper who conducts lighthouse tours on Saturday afternoons. The Society also operates two museums by the lighthouse: the History Center with changing history exhibits and the Boat House Museum with displays of a replica surfboat and maritime artifacts. The lighthouse is on the grounds of Browns Point Lighthouse Park which offers picnicking and scenic vistas of sea traffic and mountains.

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