Technorati Profile PacificNorthwestPaintings: Washington State Lighthouses

8/11/2008

Washington State Lighthouses

These two are Lime Kiln in the San Juan Islands, and Mukilteo lighthouses respectively. Each painting is 9" x 12" and on 1.5" deep gallery wrapped canvas. Image extends around the edges, so no need for framing - has a very contemporary look, yet the work with traditional appeal. They are $225 each and can be paid for by using the 'purchase here' button.

Here's a little background on each of these lighthouses:

Lime Kiln
The San Juan Islands, located in the northwest corner of Washington State, are breathtaking gems on a gentle sea.

Lime Kiln lighthouse is located on the west side of San Juan Island, the largest island of the archipelago. The lighthouse gets its name from the limekilns built nearby in the 1860s. Their remains can still be seen today, just north of the lighthouse. Lime Kiln was also the last lighthouse to receive electricity, waiting until the 1940s, after World War II. The light was automated in 1962, and a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire was built around the lighthouse. Today, the tower flashes a white light once every five seconds. The two original keeper's dwellings can be seen in the woods west of the lighthouse.


Mukilteo
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Sitting on a historic plot of land, flashing a white light once every five seconds, the Mukilteo Lighthouse guides ships on their way to Everett, Washington. Native American Indians originally used the land in this area as a site for a camp during the winter months. In fact, Mukilteo is a local Indian word for "good place for camping."

On May 31, 1792, during his exploration of the Puget Sound, Captain George Vancouver anchored his ship and came ashore at the point and named it Rose Point because of the wild pink roses, which covered the area. Later, Lt. Charles Wilkes of the 1838-42 U.S. Exploring Expedition changed the name to Elliot Point. It was on January 22, 1855 that Washington Territory Governor Isaac Stevens met with 82 chieftains representing 22 local tribes at the site and ironed out the Treaty of Point Elliot. Through the treaty, the Indian wars ceased, the Tulalip Indian Reservation was established, and white settlement of the area began in earnest. A copy of the treaty can be seen today at the Mukilteo Lighthouse.


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