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Lighting the Way By Karen McGeorge Sanders

They lit the way for early travel and trade into Seattle. Lighthouses are an important part of Puget Sound’s history, since roads were scarce through the thick timber, but water abundant. Puget Sound’s lighthouse history is brought alive in six nearby lighthouses, including Browns Point, Point Robinson, Alki Point, Mukilteo, West Point and Point No Point: let them light your way to Northwest adventure. Browns Point Foggy. Reputed to have the longest periods of dense fog in the Puget Sound, Browns Point is at the entrance to Commencement Bay leading to Tacoma’s port. On December 12, 1887, it got its first light, a lantern on a pole, which was upgraded to a wooden lighthouse in 1903, then changed to a unique art deco concrete lighthouse in 1933. Coincidentally, the first resident keeper at Browns Point was Oscar Brown. A talented musician, he gave local children music lessons and attended concerts in Tacoma by rowing across Commencement Bay. But much of his time was spent fighting the fog. The striking mechanism for the 1200-pound fog bell had to be wound every 45 minutes. Worse was when the machinery failed. Then, Brown’s wife, Annie, would time the The Seaplane and Boating Destination Magazine

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