Tuesday, September 10, 2013

No. 217 Grays Harbor Towering Lighthouse is also Washington States tallest and 3rd on the Pacific Northwest

Grays Harbor Lighthouse

1020 W Ocean Ave, Westport, WA 98595
Height: 107' (33 m)
First lit: 1898


The Grays Harbor Inlet is one of the few along Washington State's coastline to allow ocean going vessels to enter without having to sail up a difficult river or channel. The towns of Hoquiam, Westport and Aberdeen saw increased growth and revenue from the booming timber industry in the late 1800s. By 1880s a number of ships had wreck near the entrance to Grays harbor and local representatives headed to Washington to ask law makers for funds to construct a lighthouse to aid in navigation and protect their lumbar industry.
After 14 years of funding issues and construction delays the 107 foot brick and mortar lighthouse was built on a tract of land 400 feet from the break water. Over the past 100 years storms and sediment accretion from the jetty protruding from the entrance to Grays Harbor have deposited nearly 3000 feet of sand in front of the lighthouse. Currently Grays Harbor Lighthouse sits 4 blocks from the ocean hidden amongst the trees with only its light tower rising above the tree line.
There are 135 metal stair bolted to the brick interior which take depending on your fitness level about 10 minutes to ascend.
There is no fee to lighthouse grounds or gift shop but it will cost you $5 and some sweat to get to the top of the lighthouse.
For more Details on Grays Harbor Lighthouse check out http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=117
Garys Harbor Lighthouse with fog signal building
Photograph courtesy University Washington

Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Westport Washington

Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Westport Washington
Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Westport Washington

Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Westport Washington
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