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Sequim in Clallam County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

New Dungeness Light Station History

 
 
New Dungeness Light Station History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
1. New Dungeness Light Station History Marker
Inscription.
Approximately 10,000 years ago
Dungeness Spit began to form. The Spit is formed from sand and gravel from the Olympic Mountains carried by the Dungeness River into Dungeness Bay. Debris is also sloughed off the bluffs to the west, and redistributed along the Dungeness Spit by tidal currents.

1792
Captain George Vancouver explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca and named the Spit after Dungeness Point in England.

1850
Congress approved funding for the first 16 west coast lighthouses, including New Dungeness.

1853
Oregon became a state and Washington Territory was officially established.

1857
The Station was built, and the light was lit for the first time.

1861
The Civil War began.

1915
The Dungeness Spit was decreed by President Woodrow Wilson a Department of Agriculture wild bird reservation with public access.

1927
The top 27.5 feet of the tower were removed due to deterioration. The large pile of bricks from the shortening are now covered with grass, creating a small hill just outside the west fence.

1994
The last United States Coast Guard keeper was relieved
New Dungeness Light Station History Marker (<b><i>wide view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
2. New Dungeness Light Station History Marker (wide view)
of duty. The New Dungeness Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society, later called the New Dungeness Light Station Association, was formed and assumed operation and maintenance of the Station.
 
Location. 48° 10.878′ N, 123° 6.658′ W. Marker is in Sequim, Washington, in Clallam County. Marker can be reached from W. Anderson Road. Touch for map. Marker is located near the referenced lighthouse, at the tip of Dungeness Spit, which is part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Marker is in this post office area: Sequim WA 98382, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. It is a 5.5 mile hike across the Spit, (or boat ride), out to the lighthouse, and is only open between May 15th and Sep 30th.
 
Also see . . .
1. New Dungeness Light Station.
The New Dungeness Light Station, built in 1857 is the second oldest lighthouse in Washington state. It marks the end of Dungeness Spit, the longest natural sand spit in the world, extending approximately six miles northeast from the mainland into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. A Brief History of the New Dungeness Lighthouse.
In 1850, a Congressional Act provided for a lighthouse at New Dungeness. Several years later funding was provided
Dungeness Spit (<b><i>view northeast toward lighthouse from mainland</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
3. Dungeness Spit (view northeast toward lighthouse from mainland)
for lighthouses: Willapa Bay, Cape Flattery, Smith Island and New Dungeness. Construction was completed on all four in 1857–58. New Dungeness was the first to light, on December 14, 1857, making it the first to be lit in the Strait of Juan de Fuca-Puget Sound areas... (Submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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New Dungeness Light Station (<b><i>approach view from Spit</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
4. New Dungeness Light Station (approach view from Spit)
New Dungeness Light Station (<b><i>northwest corner view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
5. New Dungeness Light Station (northwest corner view)
New Dungeness Light Station & Keeper's House (<b><i>north side</i></b>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
6. New Dungeness Light Station & Keeper's House (north side)
New Dungeness Light Station (<b><i>south view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
7. New Dungeness Light Station (south view)
New Dungeness Light Station image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
8. New Dungeness Light Station
New Dungeness Light Station Keeper's House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
9. New Dungeness Light Station Keeper's House
San Jaun Straits view north from inside lighthouse tower image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
10. San Jaun Straits view north from inside lighthouse tower
Lighthouse Marine Rotating Beacon, installed 1996 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
11. Lighthouse Marine Rotating Beacon, installed 1996
View Southwest from Lighthouse, across Dungeness Spit, to Sequim, WA and Olympic Mountains image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2015
12. View Southwest from Lighthouse, across Dungeness Spit, to Sequim, WA and Olympic Mountains
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   10, 11, 12. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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