Sequim in Clallam County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
New Dungeness Light Station History
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.
Captain George Vancouver explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca and named the Spit after Dungeness Point in England.
Congress approved funding for the first 16 west coast lighthouses, including New Dungeness.
Oregon became a state and Washington Territory was officially established.
The Station was built, and the light was lit for the first time.
The Civil War began.
The Dungeness Spit was decreed by President Woodrow Wilson a Department of Agriculture wild bird reservation with public access.
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.
The last United States Coast Guard keeper was relieved
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 (Submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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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 87 times since then and 23 times this year. 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.