Juneau in Juneau Borough, Alaska — Northwest (North America)
The island's small size and isolation fueled differences between the families. In the early years of the 20th Century, an assistant keeper killed his wife because he thought she was romantically involved with the head keeper.
Violence of another kind came to Guard Islands during Prohibition. The keeper and his assistant sighted a troller drifting nearby with no one at the helm. When the keepers rowed out to investigate, they found the bodies of two men stuffed inside a locker. The murder was blamed on bootleggers. On a gentler note, early-day keepers rescued an orphan fawn that became a pet, living at the lighthouse for many years. It ran up to greet visitors and accompanied the keepers on boat rides.
The location of the original Fresnel lens is unknown. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and managed by the Coast Guard.
• Location: east entrance to Tongass Narrows, 9 miles north of Ketchikan
• First lighted: Sept. 15, 1904
• Original Optics: fourth-order Fresnel lens
• Automated: 1969
(Top) Guard Islands keepers and their wives in the dining room of the head keeper's home. (US Coast Guard Photo)
(Bottom) Guard Islands Lighthouse and keepers' quarters. (US Coast Guard Photo)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Communications • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 15, 1904.
Location. 58° 17.911′ N, 134° 24.323′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. Marker can be reached from Marine Way. Marker is on the Juneau Harbor boardwalk, south of Marine Park and across from the cruise ship berths. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 252 Marine Way, Juneau AK 99801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Point Retreat (here, next to this marker); Tree Point (here, next to this marker); Lincoln Rock, Fairway Island & Point Sherman (here, next to this marker); Mary Island (here, next to this marker); Five Finger (here, next Sentinel Island (here, next to this marker); Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap (here, next to this marker); Cape Decision (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
Also see . . .
1. Asset Detail | Guard Island Lighthouse. National Register of Historic Places registration form (PDF) and photographs (PDF). (Submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
2. Guard Island Lighthouse. Pictures, history and keepers of the lighthouse, by Lighthousefriends.com. Includes details on the four deer (Wickie, Kado, Angel and an unidentified buck) that were adopted by keepers and this tidbit: the Coast Guard "dynamite(d) the outbuildings and keeper’s dwellings to rubble" because of repeated vandalism following the lighthouse's disestablishment. (Submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.