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A Browns Point fixture gets county landmark status and a $11,700 grant

A waning sunset provides enough light for Derald Pearce to continue fishing for salmon near the Brown's Point Lighthouse.
A waning sunset provides enough light for Derald Pearce to continue fishing for salmon near the Brown's Point Lighthouse. Staff file

Browns Point Lighthouse Park is getting a facelift and a new landmark status.

The Pierce County Council approved an application for an $11,700 grant to restore the park’s generator building. The council also added the park to Pierce County Register of Historic Places, which allows nonprofit groups to apply for grants to preserve the lighthouse and related areas.

The Points Northeast Historical Society applied for the grant. According to the organization’s fall newsletter, they’ve applied for another grant. Restoration is underway on the Oil House and the work is funded by a pair of grants.

The organization hopes to restore the lighthouse — complete with replica lantern — in 2018 and ‘19.

The park is on the state and national historic registries. A bronze plaque signifying the new designation will be added to the park, according to statement released this week by Metro Parks Tacoma.

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