On 9/23/2022, my husband and I arrived in Seattle, WA. We rented a car and headed toward Port Angeles to start our tour of Olympic National Park. As we approached the Hood Canal Floating Bridge, we saw that it had just closed for one hour. With no alternative route, I checked google maps and noted that the Point No Point Lighthouse was relatively close, so we decided to visit it as we waited on the bridge to open.
Considered the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound, Point No Point Lighthouse was built in 1879. The historic keeper’s house has been restored into a vacation rental property managed by the US Lighthouse Society. It’s a picturesque spot worth a stop when in the area.
We stayed only one night in the town of Port Angeles. Except for a brief walk in its historic downtown and watching the port activity at sunrise, we did not spend much time visiting the town proper. I read that the area was inhabited by indigenous tribes (Klallam, Makah). It was first spotted by explorer Juan Perez in 1774. It was named “El Puerto de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles” in 1791 by Francisco Eliza. It had a few other names before officially becoming Port Angeles. Although settlers began to show up in the 1850s, it remained a ghost town until the 1880s when the railroad arrived. Logging, dairy, crop farming and sawmills helped grow the colony. The town was incorporated in 1890.
Other posts in Washington State
- Quinault Rain Forest, WA
- Mount Rainier – Paradise, WA
- Rialto Beach, Crescent Lake, Olympic National Park, WA
- Point No Point Lighthouse and Port Angeles, WA
- Twin Falls, WA
- Mount Baker Wilderness: Bagley Loop, WA
- Snoqualmie Falls, WA
- Huntoon Trail, Mt Baker Wilderness, WA
- Picture Lake, Mt Baker Wilderness, WA
- Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mount Baker, WA