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Name: Admiralty Head Light  

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Also known as: Red Bluff Light

Nearest Town or City:
Coupeville, Washington, United States

Location: Admiralty Inlet, Puget Sound.

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Photo: Lynn Lary

Managing Organization:
Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Telephone: 360-679-7391


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 5000
1280 Engle Road
Washington, 98239, United States

The lantern from this lighthouse was transfered to the New Dungeness Lighthouse in 1927. The lighthouse station was used by the Army as a K-9 training site during World War II. The station was transfered to the State of Washington in 1950. Washington State University Extension/Island County's environmental programs provide volunteers in exchange for office space in the lighthouse. Volunteers of Friends of the Lighthouse work for the restoration and preservation of the lighthouse. In 2012, the lighthouse received and 5000 pound, new historically accurate lantern that was made by students.

Tower Height: 30

Height of Focal Plane: 127

Description of Tower: White, conical brick and stucco tower atatched to keeper's quarters, with replica lantern.

This light is not operational

Earlier Towers?
1861: Square tower on roof of two-story wooden dwelling.

Date Established: 1861

Date Present Tower Built: 1903

Tower Moved?

Date Deactivated: 1922

Optics: 1903: Fourth order Fresnel lens (removed, now on display in museum on site).

Current Use: Museum.

Open To Public? Yes.

Lighthouse Hours -- March: Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April and May: Thursday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. June through September: Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. October: Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Holiday Hours: From Thanksgiving through Christmas, open weekends 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group tours and school groups must be booked two weeks in advance. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Fort Casey State Park and the lighthouse are on State Highway 20, three miles south of Coupeville on Whidbey Island, Island County. Whidbey Island can be accessed from three directions: 1) from the northeast on SR-20 via the Deception Pass Bridge, 2) from the south on SR-525 via the Clinton-Mukilteo Ferry, and 3) via the Keystone-Port Townsend Ferry from the Olympic Peninsula.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: William Robertson (1861-1865); Daniel Pearson (1865-1878); Georgia Pearson (assistant c. 1860s); Laurence Nessel (1878-1888); Joseph E. Evans (1888-1903); Charles Davis (1903-1914); Edward Scannel (1914-1919); Hans Score (1919-1922); "Doc" Kistemacher (1922)


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