“We don’t get a lot of concrete manufacturing until the 20th century, really, in the Northwest,” he said of the stairs. “They’re relatively recent.”
Wilson suspected that the stairs would have been used for smaller boats to access the station; larger boats would have had to pull up to the dock.
Local historian Pat Jollota also helped shed light on the history of the station — specifically, how it came to an end.
“When the military surplussed the barracks and began to give it away to various governments […] they wanted to build housing for the Coast Guard,” Jollota said.
But a county commissioner “objected strenuously” to that idea in the early 1970s, Jollota said, so it never happened. The National Park Service acquired the station in 1975 and built a waterfront park on the grounds in the early 1980s.