The New Dungeness Lighthouse was the first lighthouse completed in Washington Territory. It has operated continuously
providing navigational aids to ships plying the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca since its lard oil lamp was lit for the first time on
We arrived just after dark An almost full moon in a slightly hazy sky lit up the spit brilliantly. I could not contain my excitement. We
grabbed the tripod and rushed out to get some pictures.
This is a picture we took at dusk the second evening. The lighthouse keepers were kind enough to turn on all the lights in the
keeper's house for us.
This was the lighthouse our first morning.
For those of you who know Bob Stolz, that is him on the right at the top of the lighthouse.
That is Mount Baker and the Cascades behind the lighthouse in this picture taken a mile from the lighthouse.
This is the Keeper's House. You too can become a Keeper and stay at this house for a week. To become a member and become
eligible to be a Keeper, please click this link: Becoming a Lighthouse Keeper
The Keeper's House, which was built in 1904 is well equipped. Below, is a picture of the living room with a guest using his laptop.
Despite the remoteness of the lighthouse--five miles out on the spit--the lighthouse is equipped with electricity, heat, wifi, washer
and dryer, and a television.
This is one of three bedrooms.
The kitchen is well equipped and sits next to a very nice dining room (not pictured}.
A nicely stocked library has a terrific view of the Olympics.
There are a lot of stairs to the top of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse (but not the Keeper's House) is open to the public and has a great museum. Visitor's to the lighthouse must walk
eleven miles round trip to visit the lighthouse over sand. Monday there were seven visitors and on Tuesday there were two
visitors. Even though the weather was quite good, in winter the tides are high making the walk a big challenge.
What keeps the lighthouse going are the volunteers and keepers. Below, Bob Stoltz talks with Bob Mills about the helicopter pad
which needs to be removed because it has decayed. Norah Mills is standing to the left.
Below, Bob Stoltz and subsequently Bob Mills installing new doors on the lighthouse.