Friday we revisited Fort Worden in Port Townsend, our 5th visit since the 90's. Purpose of visit was guided access to the Harbor Entrance Command Post and to view the military vehicles on display on Artillery Hill. Our guide to the Command Post, Paul, gave a very informative talk and CPO Dick who was stationed here in the 50's also guided us. He must be in his 90's and still fits into his uniform.
|Steps up to Command Post|
|Missed this Ride|
Fort Worden was an active Army Base from 1902-1953. The Navy has a small contingent here during WW II. In 1957 the State of Washington purchased the property for $127,533 for use as a diagnostic and treatment center for troubled youths. In 1971 the Washington State Parks and Recreation acquired most of the property and it now a multi-use recreation facility including an RV Park,Marine Science Center,Goddard College,Copper Canyon Press and Coast Artillery Museum. Batteries are available for exploring.
Illumination of 130 Million Candles
Could light up WhidbeyIsland
In 1982 the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" and in 2002 "The Ring" were filmed here.
It is an interesting place to visit and the Washington State Parks Discovery Pass is required. I recommend getting the annual pass for $30 if planning to visit several state parks;otherwise,it is $10 per entry. We have more than gotten our money's worth and it is good for two vehicles.
Monday we drove down to Fort Casey established in 1890 and acquired by the State of Washingon in 1956 is now a State Park. The park has beautiful views of Admiralty Inlet and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Fort Casey was another of 3 forts built to defend Puget Sound creating a triangle of fire to thwart invasion. most of the guns were removed during WW I.The two 10"disappearing guns were transferred from the Philippines in 1960.This is a fun place for kids and adults alike to explore the batteries and fire control stations. During WW I it was used as a training post. During WW II it was reactivated as an induction and training facility.
|Main Gun Line|
|10" Disappearing Gun|
|Admiralty Head Lighthouse|
|Passing Ferry From Coupeville to Port Townsend|
|Behind the Tree|
Today it has been repurposed as a conference center and officer quarters rented out as part of the Fort Casey Inn.