From its perch on Tatoosh Island at the most northwesterly point of the lower 48 states, Washington’s Cape Flattery Lighthouse safely guided vessels through one of the busiest waterways in the United States for more than 150 years. Today, it stands as an enduring symbol of the entry point to the waters of the United States. The Lighthouse is located on land belonging to the Makah Tribe, whose long history of whaling, sealing, fishing, trading, and living along the Pacific Ocean and the Strait of Juan de Fuca stretches back thousands of years. However, the lighthouse is in desperate need of repair. To ensure that the lighthouse continues to embody and enrich the story of human habitation in this remote landscape, the United States Congress needs to appropriate funding to repair the lighthouse, enabling the Makah Tribe to begin their long-term stewardship of this icon for future generations to enjoy and admire.
In August 2017, the National Trust named the Cape Flattery Lighthouse as a National Treasure. The Trust will work hand in hand with tribal, federal, local, and state officials to ensure that the Cape Flattery Lighthouse is repaired, rehabilitated, and preserved for the Makah Tribe in support of their local economy and rich history. This National Treasure campaign will focus on securing funding for repairs. It will also identify re-use options consistent with the historic uses of Tatoosh Island and the needs of the Makah Tribe.
The Cape Flattery Lighthouse is an iconic symbol of maritime heritage and development in the Pacific Northwest. It is a tangible link to a different time, and it represents how the settlers of the region overcame the adversity of a remote and rugged environment with the assistance of the Makah people. Preservation of the Cape Flattery Lighthouse and fog signal building will help inform current and future generations of the history of the nation’s furthest reaches and allow the Makah Tribe to envision a new era for this iconic outpost.
Please add your name to our petition, which calls on elected officials to ensure that funding is made available to protect and preserve this iconic structure! Thank you.
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Cape Flattery Needs Your Help!
Dear Elected Officials,
I am writing today to respectfully request that you support an appropriation for the repair of the historic Cape Flattery Lighthouse in the Coast Guard's annual budget. Repair of this iconic lighthouse will complete the long process of transferring the structure to the Makah Tribe, and allow them to envision a new and productive use for future generations to enjoy and admire. From its perch on Tatoosh Island at the most northwesterly point of the lower 48 states, Washington's Cape Flattery Lighthouse has watched over what was long one of the busiest waterways in the United States for more than 150 years. The Lighthouse is located on land belonging to the Makah Tribe, who have remarkable maritime traditions of whaling, sealing, fishing, trading, and living along the Pacific Ocean and the Strait of Juan de Fuca that stretches back thousands of years. The National Historic Preservation Act confirms the responsibility of the federal government to manage and maintain its historic resources -- including the Cape Flattery Lighthouse -- and to "assume responsibility" for their preservation. With proper coordination and care, this resource could stand as a shining example of collaboration and cooperation between an Indian tribe and the federal government.
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