1906: Architect Designer: Carl Leick. The lighthouse was built

and constructed of fir wood at a cost of $27,000. The Tribune headlines read, "Lamp lit in new Mukilteo tower." The newspaper proclaimed the Station to be the "Best Lighthouse on the Sound."

The station consisted of:

• A 38 foot wood tower with the lantern room fully enclosed by glass and

vented to accomodate the smoke and fumes from the open lantern flame.

• A Fresnel sextagon shaped lens that rotated by means of a clockwork

weight and pulley system. It required winding every three hours. The flash was at five second intervals. The small sectional prismatic lenses through which the light passed increased its strength to about 7,000 candle power.

• An oil lamp on the Fourth Order lens that required refilling every three hours

and used approximately 243 gallons of coal oil per year.

• A Cunningham eight foot diaphragm foghorn that was operated by two air

compressors. The foghorn was shaped like a giant trumpet and protruded out the back wall of the lighthouse. It sounded a four second blast every 16 seconds.

• A windmill powered water tower with oil and coal storage rooms beneath.

• Two keepers' living quarters.

1927: Electricity installed.

1939: Ownership of the Station transferred from the U.S. Lighthouse Service to

the U.S. Coast Guard Service.

1960: Coast Guard announced its intentions to replace the Fresnel lens with a

modern optic. Residents' protests saved the lens.

1977: Placed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

1979: Lens automated.

1991: Coast Guard leased the lighthouse to the City of Mukilteo.

1992: Tours started in the spring by volunteers from the Mukilteo Historical


1995-1997: Fund raiser to replace lobby floor with commemorative tiles. The

floor was finished in April 1997.

1996: U.S. Coast Guard Families moved out of the two keeper's houses.

1997: City of Mukilteo paid for removal of toxic lead paint from the exteriors

of the two keeper's houses.

2001: Ownership turned over to the City of Mukilteo and the Mukilteo

Historical Society serve as docents, gardeners, and dedicated keepers.

2008: A successful renomination of all the Light Stations' buildings

and grounds were made to the listing of The National Historic Register.

2010: The City of Mukilteo, with approval throughout the process

by the State Historical Preservation Society, gave the Station some modifications for handicap accessibility, the connecting and widening of all sidewalks within the grounds and repairs to some windows and doors.

Lighthouse Keepers

Since 1906 there have been 18 official lighthouse keepers assigned to the Mukilteo Light Station. A plaque commemorating all but the last keeper can be found on the lighthouse wall. Due to its location and amenities, the light station was considered a choice assignment that was often given to keepers as a reward for outstanding service. The keeper and his assistant maintained a constant six hour shift rotation to keep the light operational until electricity arrived in 1927.