After settling in we drove some 50 miles to Fort Simcoe in White Swan, WA. The fort was erected in 1856 to keep watch over the Native American tribes in the south-central part of Washington. Some of the structures are original and others reconstructed. In 1859 the military turned the fort over to the Yakama Indian Agency which used it as an Indian school.
|Signage About Fort and Layout|
|One of 3 Remaining Blockhouses|
|Staff Officer Quarters|
Note: the spelling when referring to the tribe is Yakama and Yakima in other references. Many of the original structures only have stone plaques showing location.
I must say this is in a remote area off Hwy 97 to the west on the Yakama Reservation. The park sits on 200 acres and is a day use park. Bear warning signs posted, but no sightings. Hard to believe bears frequent such a remote and barren area..even though there are trees in the park.
On the drive back to Ellensburg on Hwy 82, got a good picture of the valley.