FORT WORDEN - Port Townsend, Washington
Posted by: Hikenutty
N 48° 08.048 W 122° 45.904
10U E 517479 N 5331235
Quick Description: Fort Worden, built in 1898, is one of three forts located at the mouth of the Puget Sound. They were dubbed the "triangle of fire" and were used to protect the Bremerton Naval Shipyard and Boeing B-52 Bomber plant from enemy attack during WWII.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 8:56:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM263M
Fort Worden is one of three forts located at the mouth of the Puget Sound. Together with Fort Casey and Fort Flagler, the three were dubbed the "triangle of fire" and were used to protect the Bremerton Naval Shipyard and Boeing B-52 Bomber production plant from enemy attack during WWII. Japanese subs had fired on Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River and there was concern they would try to access the Puget Sound.
From early on it was deemed important to protect this entrance to the Sound. The forts were built in the late 1800's and were active until the mid to late 1950's.
In the late 1950's the fort was deactivated and sold to the state of Washington to be used as a youth detention center. In 1971 the center closed and the fort was turned into a State Park. Within the park is the Point Wilson lighthouse, the barracks (one is a hostel and the rest are rented out for retreats and camps), the officer housing (now available as vacation rentals), 15 batteries to explore, an aquarium, 3 historic museums, beach front and boat ramps, camping and RVing, and miles of trails.
Fort Worden has been designated a National Historic Landmark, as well as a Registered Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The year the "Fort" was constructed or started.: 1898
Name of "Country" or "Nation" that constructed this "Fort": United States
Was this "Fort" involved in any armed conflicts?: No it wasn't
What was the primary purpose of this "Historic Fort"?: For protecting a travel or shipping route
Current condition: Buildings are well preserved and renovated
This site is administered by ----: Washington State Parks
Open to the public?: Open or unrestricted access.
Official or advertised web-page: [Web Link]
Link if this "Fort" is registered on your Countries/ State "Registry of Historical Sites or Buildi: [Web Link]
If admission is charged -: Not Listed
Link to web-site that best describes this "Historic Fort": Not listed
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