Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Browns Point Boat House and Oil House
When the Points Northeast Historical Society in 1991 renovated the former Crew Quarters building for a History Center, they found the light keeper's boat missing from the boat house. The United States Coast Guard had removed all boats from all lighthouse sites in 1961. In 1993-1994, Mike Vlahovich, noted shipwright, was contracted by the Society to build a 16 foot, wood Coast Guard Surf Boat replica. With community contributions and many volunteers the vessel was built. Park visitors and school children watched and asked questions. The surf boat “Browns Point” was christened and launched
The Oil House is the corrugated metal building behind the Boat House. Originally it was located a few yards away from the first, wood frame lighthouse. In order to avoid a lighthouse fire, the building was the storage shed for kerosene, gasoline and paint solvents. When electricity came to Browns Point in the early 1920s, kerosene was no longer needed for the lighthouse lantern, so the building was moved to this location. It continued to be used for fuels and paints and was then called the Paint Shed.
[Captions (clockwise from top left)]
• Mike Vlahovich and Browns Point Elementary School students
• Surf Boat launching with historian Murray Morgan on right
• Architectural drawing of an Oil House
• End view and mid ship section of surf boat
Erected by Pierce County • Points NE Historical Society • United States Coast Guard • Metro Parks Tacoma.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 47° 18.359′ N, 122° 26.596′ W. Marker was in Tacoma, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker could be reached from Tulalip Street Northeast west of Wan-I-Da Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker was located in Browns Point Lighthouse Park. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 201 Tulalip St NE, Tacoma WA 98422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Boat House and Oil House (here, next to this marker); Captain George Vancouver at Browns Point (a few steps from this marker); The Browns Point Light Keeper's Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Light Keeper's Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Browns Point Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Crew Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell and Pump House (within shouting distance of this marker); Generator Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tacoma.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 10, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.