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Coupeville in Island County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Keeping the Alexander Blockhouse alive!!!

Preserving Alexander Blockhouse over time

 
 
Keeping the Alexander Blockhouse alive!!! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
1. Keeping the Alexander Blockhouse alive!!! Marker
Inscription.
History
The Alexander Block house is one of four blockhouses remaining in Central Whidbey Island. Few original blockhouses of this type remain throughout the United States. John Alexander, Sr. built this blockhouse on his donation land claim in about 1855 to guard against Native American attack during the wars of 1855-1857. It may have been used instead as a “root cellar”.

The exact original location is unknown – during the 1930s, the structure was purchased by local residents and was moved from its original location on the John Alexander farm to its present location next to the Island County Historical Museum. The blockhouse has retained its physical and historic character and integrity, making it a popular tourist attraction and educational opportunity for many decades.

Central Whidbey Lions Club
Volunteers from Central Whidbey Lions Club are serving their community by preserving the blockhouse.

Ebey’s Forever Fund Grant
Funding has been provided by Ebey’s Forever Fund to help preserve and protect the rural character of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
 
Erected by Central Whidbey Lions Club.
 
Location. 48° 13.257′ N, 122° 
Restoration Detail from the Alexander Blockhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
2. Restoration Detail from the Alexander Blockhouse Marker
Click on photo to enlarge the restoration plans.
41.307′ W. Marker is in Coupeville, Washington, in Island County. Marker is on NW Alexander Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 908 NW Alexander Street, Coupeville WA 98239, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Original Home of Seattle’s Best Coffee (within shouting distance of this marker); Zylstra Law Office (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. Isaac Neff Ebey – Rebecca Whitey Ebey (approx. ¼ mile away); The Jolly Boat (approx. 0.4 miles away); Remaining Blockhouses of Central Whidbey (approx. 1.3 miles away); Davis Blockhouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mary Barrett (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Skagit, a stately society (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coupeville.
 
More about this marker. The Alexander Blockhouse is currently undergoing restoration.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Alexander Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
3. The Alexander Blockhouse
The Alexander Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
4. The Alexander Blockhouse
Second floor, interior of the Alexander Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
5. Second floor, interior of the Alexander Blockhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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