The 18-inch thick walls are made of brick and covered in white stucco and the inside is very cool in the summer - good insulation in the winter too.
The main purpose for this light was to help guide the large ships that were carrying Northwest timber to market.
You can climb the two flights of stairs to the top for a bird's eye view of Fort Casey and the Puget Sound. Take care because the last flight is extremely steep.
The light was deactivated in 1922 and the building has been turned into a museum that has photos and exhibits on the Fort and the lighthouse during its working years. At the entrance, a Fresnel lens welcomes visitors. This type of large beacon was used in most lighthouses before the onset of automation. It was developed in 1822 and is named after its inventor. These lenses were of such high quality that many are still in existance today.
The small gift shop has post cards, clothing and other souvenirs - most with a lighthouse theme.
Admission is by donation and it's open most weekends, year round as well as extended hours at various times throughout the year.
If you're a big lighthouse fan, this one can be rented for select small events at a cost of $100.00. Information about this can be obtained by calling (360) 679-7391.
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
September 29, 2001
From journal Let There Be Light...houses