FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|| May 4, 2012
Jeff Gales, U.S. Lighthouse Society
firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.362.7255
Point No Point Lighthouse shines brighter than ever
Celebration scheduled for Saturday, May 12
Orchard) - The treasure of Kitsap
County and the first lighthouse built on Puget Sound is honored with the
completion of a $100,000 facelift. A grand re-opening celebration to mark
the rehabilitation of the historic Point No Point Lighthouse will take place
at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Point No Point Light Station, Hansville.
The public is welcome to attend.
For more information on the grand re-opening event at 10 a.m. Saturday, May
12 or about the Point No Point Lighthouse, contact Jeff Gales of the U.S.
Lighthouse Society at (415) 362-7255 or e-mail him at
email@example.com. The U.S. Lighthouse
Society offices are located in the Keeper’s Duplex at the Point No Point
The restoration project was made possible through a generous National Trust
Partners In Preservation Grant awarded to the U.S. Lighthouse Society and
voted on by Washington State residents.
The successful execution of the project to Washington State Historic
Preservation standards was due to the cooperative efforts of Kitsap County
Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard, the volunteer group Friends of
Point No Point and the U.S. Lighthouse Society.
“After 133 years of service, this Kitsap County landmark will continue to
shine for another century,” said Jeff Gales, Executive Director of the U.S.
Lighthouse Society. “It offers
awareness, comfort and hope to all who gaze upon her, and quietly reminds us
of this regions rich maritime history.
The Point No Point Lighthouse summons all of us to lend our support
and to contribute to her ongoing preservation in some way, because unlike
the past, today all of us can become keepers of the light.”
The Point No Point Lighthouse, built in 1879 by the U. S. Lighthouse
Service, marks the hazardous Point No Point shoal and north entrance to
Puget Sound. The Point No Point Light Station, located in Kitsap County's
Point No Point County Park in Hansville, is on the Washington State Heritage
Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The beacon continues
to be a key navigational aid, and the light station, with its 90-foot radar
tower, is vital to the Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Service that monitors
and guides vessel traffic in Puget Sound.
The lighthouse is situated on the northeastern most point of Kitsap County,
one and a half miles east of Hansville. This low sandy spit, which extends
over a quarter of a mile into the water, was named in May 1841 by Lieutenant
Charles Wilkes (1798-1877), commander of the U. S. Exploring Expedition.
Mariners thought the name highly appropriate because the point was hard to
see from the deck of a ship and was too shallow and muddy for anchorage.