|Gig Harbor, WA|
Description: The diminutive Gig Harbor Lighthouse, displaying a red flashing light, was built in 1988 at the entrance to Gig Harbor. To raise funds for the project, the public was invited to purchase time capsules, which would be placed in the lighthouse and then opened after twenty-five years. The purchasers were encouraged to place such items as photographs, predictions, newspaper articles, and wine in their capsules and were allowed to designate to whom the contents should be given upon opening.
The tower stands fifteen feet tall and has an open lantern room. A dedication ceremony for the lighthouse was held in April of 1989 in conjunction with the local Maritime Week and as part of the State of Washington Centennial and the Bicentennial of the U.S. Lighthouse Service.
The lighthouse replaced a minor aid to navigation that formerly occupied the site. Stevenson Sparks designed the lighthouse, which cost $30,000 in addition to a considerable amount of donated labor and equipment. Wade Perrow Construction and Lone Star Concrete built the tower, and Manson Construction Company ferried the lighthouse to the point and lowered it onto the selected site for free.
Click here to see a 1988 news report on the lighthouse.
Located at the entrance to Gig Harbor. The lighthouse is owned by the City of Gig Harbor. Grounds open/tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the City of Gig Harbor. Grounds open/tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Tom Woltjer, Kraig Anderson, used by permission.