Friday, July 1, 2011

Three Tree Point and the Fourth of July (Part 1) Intro to Three Tree Point

Three Tree Point is a low, gravelly, triangle-shaped spit jutting into the east side of Puget Sound. It is about the mid-point between Seattle and Tacoma. It is referred to on some navigation charts as "Point Pully", in recognition of crew member Robert Pulley of the Wilkes Expedition.
Ariel View of Three Tree Point with Sea-Tac airport in the background. So when you come to visit, we can be there in a jiffy!

In early years of development on Three Tree Point, a dock was built on the north beach. The area then was primarily used as for resort or summer homes and cabins. As the area grew with more permanent residents, a clubhouse called the cove was built with a tennis court and dance floor area, which was used frequently for events, parties, etc. During the early years of World War II, lookouts would take turns in the light tower, searching the skies for possible enemy planes.
Today, Three Tree Point is a densely populated residential area where much attention has been paid toward tree preservation. Seattle's business elite built houses at the point to take advantage of the beach lifestyle for which it has become known.  The surrounding waters are popular among scuba divers with an artificial reef and a good variety of species to be found there. . The Point received its name from three massive fir trees that stood on its north side at the beginning of the 20th century.

Here is a great link to a diving video shot at 3TP.  This is for Cheryl, Ramona and Bev, my diving home girls.
Giant Sea Cucumber
The book Three Tree Point (Images of America)  presents images of a diverse mixture of family life, unusual characters, Fourth of July celebrations, shipwrecks, fishing derbies and storytelling.  The photos in the book are amazing!

Previous 4th of July fireworks at 3TP
The Beach Road

This community on the water plays host to one of the areas largest block parties with events that run all day long, culminating in a beautiful fireworks show over the water that is entirely paid for by the donations of community members. This years show cost $24,000. There is the community Pancake breakfast, flag raising ceremony, games, bands, kids activities, an art show and much more for the Fourth of July.

Here is a link to the days party schedule and info on our celebration.

So readers, that is a little bit of background on this heavenly spot. I will get back to you after the 4th with details of this years celebration.

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