Driving home from Brown’s Point the other day, I stopped to admire the view along Marine View Drive. The information sign told me that I was enjoying the Skookum Wulge Beach Habitat Restoration, a 1.19 acre parcel of uplands and tidelands of Commencement Bay that had previously been the Meeker Log Storage lease. When the lease expired in 1999, the property was purchased and the title conveyed to the Puyallup Tribe. The site was renamed to Skookum Wulge, which translates to powerful salt water. There are two other sites in this project, Yowkwala and Squally Beach. For more information on the Skookum Wulge, go here.
What a lovely day to visit Brown’s Point Lighthouse. The sun was finally shining and the waterfront park was full of families out to see the 1933 lighthouse, the keeper’s cottage and the boathouse. The 3 bedroom cottage is available for rent by the week ($800 during the summer).
The first lighthouse keeper and his wife tended the lighthouse and lived in the cottage for 30 years. In addition to the normal job duties, they grew a garden, planted an orchard and gave music lessons.