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

The Crockett Blockhouse

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
1. The Crockett Blockhouse Marker
Captions: At one time these blockhouses stood at diagonal corners of a log palisade near the Crockett homestead. It is difficult to imagine a successful defense of the farm against determined attack, but it was never put to a test. (lower, left); Col. Walter Crockett, Sr. (1786-1869). Before coming west, the Colonel fought in the war of 1812 and served three terms in the Virginia Legislature. (Center); Like most settlers, Col. Crockett came to Washington on the Oregon Trail, which ended near present-day Portland. Most newcomers were funneled into the lower Columbia and Willamette Valleys, attracted by rich farm lands. As these lands filled, settlers moved into the lands surrounding Puget Sound. The Crocketts selected this Whidbey Island claim on the advice of Issack Ebey, a fellow Missourian. (map: bottom, left).
Inscription. Sudden Indian attacks at Seattle and Bellingham in 1855 caused consternation among the small pioneering settlements on Puget Sound. The tradition of blockhouse defense was well known to American settlers, dating from the earliest English colonies. Several Island families built blockhouses, none of which saw any fighting. Colonel Walter Crockett was responsible for this one completed in 1857. Blockhouses on Whidbey Island remained well preserved over the years, cherished as heirlooms by the desendents of the founding families.
 
Erected by Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve.
 
Location. 48° 10.397′ N, 122° 40.339′ W. Marker is in Coupeville, Washington, in Island County. Marker is on Fort Casey Road. Touch for map. This marker is located between South Blockhouse Road and Crockett Farm Road. Marker is in this post office area: Coupeville WA 98239, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Guarding the Entrance to Puget Sound – Coast Artillery Corps (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ebey Blockhouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Sunnyside (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mary Barrett
The Crockett Blockhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
2. The Crockett Blockhouse Marker
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Remaining Blockhouses of Central Whidbey (approx. 2.8 miles away); Davis Blockhouse (approx. 2.8 miles away); Col. Isaac Neff Ebey – Rebecca Whitey Ebey (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Jolly Boat (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coupeville.
 
More about this marker. The Crockett Blockhouse is part of Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve.
 
Also see . . .  Crockett, Walter, Col. - Access Genealogy. After reaching Oregon Colonel Crockett directed his course to Olympia, whence, in December of 1851, he removed to W[h]idb[e]y Island, locating upon the place still owned by Walter Crockett, Jr., and upon which was built in 1857 the stockade, a view of which will be found in this work. (Submitted on November 12, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Crockett Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
3. The Crockett Blockhouse
The Crockett Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 31, 2012
4. The Crockett Blockhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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