Gig Harbor Lighthouse will celebrate 25 years

On April 26, time capsules from 1988 will be opened and new capsules for opening in 2039 will be available for purchase

Staff writerApril 23, 2014 

Kayakers paddle past the Gig Harbor lighthouse in this 2005 file photo. A time capsule was placed at the site in 1988 and will be opened this Saturday.


In 1988, the Gig Harbor Lighthouse arrived on a barge and was set in place on a sandspit.

Before then, only a single red light marked the spit. The lighthouse was the culmination of a 1 1/2 years of fundraising in the mid-1980s.

The Gig Harbor Lighthouse marks its 25th anniversary Saturday.

A celebration will be at Skansie Brothers Park from noon to 4 p.m. Educational displays, a photo contest and music from Daryl and the Diptones will accent the event. Time capsules to be kept in the lighthouse until 2039 will be available for purchase. Order forms are also available at the Harbor History Museum and Gig Harbor BoatShop. They can also be purchased at

Time capsules that were placed in the lighthouse in 1987 will be returned to their owners, opened and displayed. The time capsules were a fundraiser to help finance the initial construction of the lighthouse. This year, proceeds from time capsules will go to the Gig Harbor Eddon Boatyard and the Harbor History Museum.

The weekend will also boast a Day In The Life of Gig Harbor photo contest. From April 25 to 27, people are encouraged to take snapshots of the daily life in Gig Harbor. Those photographs will be stored with the time capsules for opening in 2039. No photo experience is necessary to enter the contest. Voting for the contest will run from April 28 to May 5, and the winner will receive a free 4-inch time capsule.

To enter the contest, or to vote on photographs, register for an account at Registering is free. All photos will be archived as a document of a three-day period in 2014.

To see footage of the installation 25 years ago, go to

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 Twitter: @gateway_karen

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