Fans of lighthouses in the state can take plan their next trip using a new online visitor's guide to the state's lighthouses. “ The Lighthouse Loop” brochure groups the lighthouses into five driving routes, with information about amenities available at each lighthouse, as well as links to information about the history and restoration projects.
The Seattle and Tacoma Loop, for example, includes information on four lighthouses open to the public, including Point Robinson and Browns Point, and four others that are not open the public.
The other loops in the brochure are North Puget Sound, Northeast Olympic Peninsula, San Juan Islands and Washington Coast.
The brochure, produced by Lighthouse Environmental Programs, is intended as a way to encourage Washington residents and travelers to visit the lighthouses, learn about local and maritime history, and consider purchasing a Washington lighthouse license plate to help fund future projects.
License plates have provided nearly $150,000 in grants since 2009, according to a news release from the program. Most of the money is used for material costs for projects or historic expertise. Funds have helped with restoration and preservation projects at 13 lighthouses. Those projects have included installing an industrial sewage pump and upgraded water system at the New Dungeness Lighthouse. At Browns Point Lighthouse, license plate funds have helped pay for repairs to the light keepers quarters and restoration of the fifth order Fresnel lens. Wheels on the first order lens at the Grays Harbor Lighthouse were repaired with funds from the program.
The state’s lighthouse specialty license plate can be used on cars, motorcycles, trailers or recreational vehicles. For each license plate sold and renewed, the program receives $28, an amount that is tax-deductible for the driver.