Mukilteo lighthouse season has officially begun

By Brandon Gustafson | Apr 10, 2019
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Scout Troop 186 salutes while the national anthem plays.

For the 113th consecutive year, the Mukilteo Light Station is open for business.

The Mukilteo Historical Society opened the lighthouse to the public Saturday afternoon, and it will be open each Saturday and Sunday through September.

Mukilteo Historical Society secretary Margaret Summitt welcomed those who attended the grand opening over the large gusts of wind.

“Welcome to Mukilteo’s historic lighthouse! Today with its fine weather marks the beginning of the season for going up into the tower, seeing the newly cleaned lens, scanning the horizon, and visiting our fine gift shop,” she said.

Margaret’s husband, Christopher, portraying Mukilteo founder Jacob Fowler, also took part in the festivities.

“The entire light station cost $27,000 to build,” he said. “The lamp of the Mukilteo lighthouse was lit for the first time on the evening of March 1, 1906 … The first entry in the guest register was dated March 16, 1906. One hundred thirteen years later, we welcome our guests in 2019.”

Scout Troop 186 partook in the flag ceremony, raising the U.S., Washington state, and city of Mukilteo flags, and leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson also spoke at the opening ceremony. She joked about the weather, as the rain stopped just in time for the ceremony.

“This morning I thought this would be like lots of opening of the lighthouse with lots of rain, but thankfully the sun came out and it’s a beautiful day to be at the park,” she said.

Gregerson thanked the scouts for participating, as well as the Historical Society for operating the lighthouse and its gift shop each year.

“Our city is really grateful to them and their work.”

Those visiting the lighthouse this year will get to see the Fresnel lens, which is still operational atop the tower, even brighter than normal.

In February, the Mukilteo Historical Society engaged the services of Chad Kaiser, general manager of the New Dungeness Light Station Association, to clean both the active lens that sits in the tower and a display lens that is in the Mukilteo Lighthouse lobby.

Mukilteo has the only active, Fresnel-lens-equipped lighthouse in Washington state, and the Mukilteo lighthouse is one of just six lighthouses in Washington open to the public.

Last year was a busy one at the Mukilteo lighthouse, as it attracted more than 17,000 visitors from all over the world. More than 3,300 of those visitors signed the guest book in the lobby, and according to Mukilteo Historical Society Director Peter Anderson, the lighthouse brought in visitors from 47 of 50 U.S. states – with the exceptions being Delaware, West Virginia, and Wyoming – as well as visitors from more than 50 countries.

Each weekend until September, the lighthouse, and its interpretive center and gift shop, will be open from noon to 5 p.m.

The Mukilteo Historical Society also allows for group tours for classes and private groups.

The lighthouse is at 608 Front St. near the existing Mukilteo ferry terminal.

 

For more information about the Mukilteo Historical Society and the Mukilteo Light Station, visit mukilteohistorical.org.

 

 

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