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West Point Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island

West Point Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island (Known places)

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The West Point Light, also known as the Discovery Park Lighthouse, is a 23-foot-high lighthouse on Seattle, Washington's West Point which juts into Puget Sound and marks the northern extent of Elliott Bay. Opening on Nov. 15, 1881 (139 years ago), and featuring a fourth-order Fresnel lens, it was the first manned light station on Puget Sound and cost $25,000 to build. It was illuminated with a kerosene lamp for its first 44 years, until it was attached to Seattle's electric grid in 1926 (94 years ago).

The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 (43 years ago). It became automated in 1985 (35 years ago), the last station in Washington to do so.

Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 (20 years ago), in early 2003 (17 years ago), Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation applied to the United States Department of the Interior to take custody of the lighthouse from the United States Coast Guard and incorporate it into Discovery Park. Nineteen groups applied, including Nick Korstad, former owner of Virginia's Wolf Trap Lighthouse. The city was granted the property in Oct. 2004 (16 years ago) after many debates.

Included in the transfer of the property was the station's original 4th order Fresnel Lens. Upon signing over of the deed, the Coast Guard extinguised the original lens and replaced it with a modern Vega Rotating Beacon (VRB-25). Today the light retains its original flash characteristics of an alternating red and white flash every five seconds.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has been looking for groups to help maintain the light due to their lack of funding, and in the future, hopes to have the station open to the public.

The lighthouse is featured in the Temple of the Dog music video "Hunger Strike".


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