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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Port Townsend, Washington

Clickable Map of Jefferson County, Washington and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Jefferson County, WA (76) Clallam County, WA (11) Grays Harbor County, WA (12) Island County, WA (46) Kitsap County, WA (21) Mason County, WA (4) San Juan County, WA (0)  JeffersonCounty(76) Jefferson County (76)  ClallamCounty(11) Clallam County (11)  GraysHarborCounty(12) Grays Harbor County (12)  IslandCounty(46) Island County (46)  KitsapCounty(21) Kitsap County (21)  MasonCounty(4) Mason County (4)  (0) San Juan County (0)
Port Townsend is the county seat for Jefferson County
Port Townsend is in Jefferson County
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      Clallam County (11)  
      Grays Harbor County (12)  
      Island County (46)  
      Kitsap County (21)  
      Mason County (4)  
      San Juan County (0)  
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1Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — The Čičməhán TrailA Self Guided Tour of Historical Sites in Scenic Port Townsend, Washington
The čičməhán Trail is comprised of 16 sites that naturally divide into a 3-mile, a 6-mile, or a 12-mile loop. The 3-mile loop includes downtown historical sites; the 6 mile loop extends uptown; and the 12-mile loop (best for . . . Map (db m179367) HM
2Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Bell Tower1890
For more than 50 years, the bell was used to call volunteer fire fighters to their posts. It is the only known tower of its kind in the United States. It was restored in 2003 by the Jefferson County Historical Society and the City of Port Townsend . . . Map (db m155268) HM
3Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Bounty of the BayThe Story of a Royal Repast, 1859
Early settlers to the Port Townsend area found a S'Klallam Indian community well established on the protected shores of Port Townsend Bay. This settlement, known as Kah Tai, meaning "to carry" or "pass through," was located on the portage route . . . Map (db m179612) HM
4Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Canoes Were Made Of Locally Available MaterialsCoast Salish Canoe Culture
The S'Klallam people made their canoes from Western Red Cedar trees ranging from 300-800 years of age. Seats and brackets were made of Yew wood, and paddles carved from Yellow Cedar. Canoes Came In All Sizes A freight canoe of good . . . Map (db m179378) HM
5Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Capt. George Vancouver
Commemorating Capt. George Vancouver’s discovery, landing & naming of Port Townsend in honor of the Marquis of Townshend, May 7, 1792. Donated Dec 1, 1986, by the DeLeo Family, residents of Port Townsend since 1883.Map (db m91334) HM
6Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — CemeteryA Field of Stones
Tucked away in what was once a secluded corner, the cemetery was to be the final resting place for those soldiers and their immediate family members who died at Fort Worden. The first burial in the 360 plots was that of Pvt. Elisha Webb, in . . . Map (db m179754) HM
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7Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — ChetzemokaIn Memory Of
Chief of the Clallam Indians A Friend of the White People From this rock he gave warning of danger and saved them from massacre in 1856Map (db m179770) HM
8Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Chief ChetzemokaCoast Salish Canoe Culture
Many in Port Townsend have heard of Chief Chetzemoka (Cheech-Ma-Ham), chief of the S'Klallam. At Point No Point in 1855, he signed the treaty giving up all S'Klallam land for a reservation to be shared with another tribe. Such treaties, pushed . . . Map (db m179408) HM
9Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Chief Chetzemoka
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9 "If I am seen coming to you I will not be able to help you further. But each morning I will sit on top of the big rock on the east side of Kai Tai . . . Map (db m179771) HM
10Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Chinese Exclusion Act
What was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882? Like many other cultural communities in early Port Townsend, Chinese and Chinese American merchants, families, farmers, and laborers were an important part of the cultural and economic . . . Map (db m179707) HM
11Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Citizens Independent Telephone Company
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12Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Civil War Memorial1861 • 1865
Our Country's Defenders.Map (db m179781) WM
13Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — CrimpingHidden History
Who was the "Crimper King" of Port Townsend? The practice of forced maritime service was known as "crimping" in the 19th Century. Early fortunes were made provisioning out-bound ships with sailors. Maxwell Levy, the "Crimper King" of . . . Map (db m179358) HM
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14Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Early CabinHidden History
What did Port Townsend look like in the 1860s? You are standing near the site of Port Townsend's first settler cabin. The area was often flooded with seawater. Alfred A. Plummer, age 29, arrived in 1851 with Charles Bachelder and . . . Map (db m179690) HM
15Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Fire Bell Tower — Port Townsend —
This is the last remaining wooden fire bell tower in the United States. Port Townsend’s Fire Bell Tower is a 75-foot wooden structure built in 1890 to hold a 1,500 pound brass bell and the city's new $900 fire engine. . . . Map (db m83775) HM
16Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Fire!Hidden History
How was early Port Townsend affected by fire? Port Townsend's earliest buildings were tightly packed wooden structures, that were both lit and heated by fire. The threat of disastrous, multi-building fire was ever-present. Entire . . . Map (db m179736) HM
17Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Fowler BuildingThe čičməhán Trail Stop 6
Port Townsend's first stone building was completed in 1874 for Enoch S. Fowler. It served as the Jefferson County Courthouse from 1880-1892 (and was also used as a store, performance hall, Masonic Temple, seamen's chapel, and, since 1916, home . . . Map (db m179527) HM
18Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Haller FountainPort Townsend Wayfinding Project
The Haller Statue and Fountain was donated to the city by Theodore N. Haller "in memory of early pioneers." After the dedication speech in 1906, Mr. Haller read a poem about the Greek sea nymph, Galatea, and the statue has been known . . . Map (db m179703) HM
19Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Hastings BuildingRegistered State Historic Place
Under the provisions of the State Historic Preservation Act of 1967, this property possesses particular value in commemorating, or illustrating American History Placed on the State Register Feb. 11, 1972 by the Governor's Advisory . . . Map (db m179516) HM
20Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Historic City HallPort Townsend
In 1891 architects Batwell & Patrick designed a multi-purpose civic structure to house administrative offices, council chamber, courtroom, fire hall and jail to serve the needs of a city of 20,000. Port Townsend's city council still meets . . . Map (db m129357) HM
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21Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — 2014 — Honoring Eleanor StoppsCourting Pigeon Guillemots — Artist: Tony Angell —
Founder of Admiralty Aububon who led the effort to save Protection Island as a sanctuary for nesting seabirds A gift from Audubon members & friends, Eleanor's family, Friends of the Arts, and the City of Port Townsend Public . . . Map (db m179412) HM
22Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Hudson Beach / Big HeartThe čičməhán Trail Stop 2
Chetzemoka's Big Heart, a story by Mary Ann Lambert (1879-1966, also the author of The 7 Brothers of the House of Ste-Tee-Thlum) of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's Lambert/Reyes family, illustrates Chetzemoka's heart, and the power and respect . . . Map (db m179745) HM
23Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — InterTribal Canoe JourneyCoast Salish Canoe Culture
In 1989, the Canoe Culture was revitalized with the inception of the Intertribal Canoe Journey. The S'Klallam/Klallam Tribes participate in the Intertribal Canoe Journeys in which Canoe Families from dozens of Tribes travel to one destination . . . Map (db m179387) HM
24Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Intertribal TradeCoast Salish Canoe Culture
For centuries, the S'Kallam people traded with other Tribes within the continental U.S. and across the Strait in Canada. Direct trade was the Native method of food and materials redistribution across geographical bounds, and from great . . . Map (db m179381) HM
25Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Jefferson County CourthouseRegistered National Historic Place
Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 15, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating, or illustrating American history Placed on the National Register on July 24, 1973 by . . . Map (db m179757) HM
26Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Jefferson County Memorial Athletic Field
Dedicated May 21, 1948 as a lasting tribute in honor of those from Jefferson County who sacrificed their lives for their country in the two World Wars 1917 • World War I • 1918 James A. Anderson · Fred W. Anderson · John W. . . . Map (db m179733) HM
27Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Kah Tai Prairie Preserve
Here in the wind-buffeted rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains grow colorful relics of the last ice age. The tiny prairie before you is a remnant of once extensive grasslands that followed the retreat of continental ice over 10,000 years ago. . . . Map (db m179767) HM
28Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Korean War MemorialFreedom is not Free
Dedicated to all the men and women of Jefferson County who served in the Korean War and most especially to those who made the supreme sacrifice Herman Felhoelter Capt U.S. Army KIA 16 July 1950 Donald A. Bare Cpl U.S. Army KIA 01 . . . Map (db m179752) WM
29Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Kuhn Building1892
Begun in 1892 by Port Townsend pioneer Joseph A. Kuhn, this building represented the latest ideas of the time in architecture. Construction was directed by Jonas Guise, then the best known contractor in the area. Bricks came from the yards of . . . Map (db m91331) HM
30Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Marvin Glenn ShieldsConstruction Mechanic 3rd Class — Sole Seabee Medal of Honor Recipient —
Marvin Shields was a product of the Northwest. He graduated from Port Townsend High School and then went to work in Alaska for the Mineral Basin Mining Company. He enlisted in the Navy in 1962 and joined Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11. . . . Map (db m179361) HM WM
31Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Partnering With The Northwest Maritime Center With A Shared Respect For The SeaCoast Salish Canoe Culture
The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, like the Northwest Maritime Center, is a 21st century organization with a tremendous appreciation of our seafaring history and respect for those who have preserved and shared their knowledge throughout the . . . Map (db m179410) HM
32Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Point Hudson
For over 8,000 years Native Americans camped at Point Hudson while migrating from summer camps to winter lodges. The American explorer, Captain Charles Wilkes, named the area in honor of Commander William L. Hudson in 1841. . . . Map (db m179370) HM
33Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Point HudsonThe čičməhán Trail Stop 3
Before the shoreline was filled to create the marina, Point Hudson was a popular clamming beach for S'Klallams and a landing point for tribes from locations across the Olympic Peninsula. Change began as soon as settlers arrived, but grew . . . Map (db m179751) HM
34Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Point Hudson HistoryRotary Centennial Path
It is believed that for thousands of years Point Hudson was used as a seasonal home by the Native American tribes, particularly Klallam and Chemakum. Presence of a freshwater lagoon, a wide variety of shellfish and other seafood easily obtained . . . Map (db m179746) HM
35Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Point Hudson ShorelineRotary Centennial Path
This point of land is formed of rocks and sand constantly in motion carried here by wind and waves. These sediments, eroding from nearby glacial bluffs, converge here from the northwest and the south before moving along the spit into deeper . . . Map (db m179749) HM
36Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Point Wilson LightU.S. Coast Guard
Activated on 15 Dec. 1879, the original light was located atop the lightkeepers house. It was moved to its present position when this structure was built in 1913. The lighthouse has been closed to the public since its automation in Nov. 1976. . . . Map (db m197213) HM
37Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Port TownsendHidden History
Hidden Histories Port Townsend's architectural history is so well preserved, it's easy to overlook the stories that remain hidden. Our city, community, and daily lives are defined by what came before. Today's Port Townsend is in . . . Map (db m179704) HM
38Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Port Townsend City HallRegistered National Historic Place
[(Top plaque)] Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 15, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating, or illustrating American history. Placed on the National Register on . . . Map (db m197156) HM
39Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Port Townsend's WaterfrontThen and Now
In the early 1890s, Port Townsend expected to be the major seaport for the northwest coast, and built to serve a huge population that never came. By 1896, the economic tide reserved, and the town was left high and dry. A century later, historic . . . Map (db m179624) HM
40Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — PreservationHidden History
Why are there so many Victorian buildings here? Many of the historical buildings around you were built in the 1880s and 1890s. The facades of these ornate stone, brick, and cast iron structures memorialize the names of their . . . Map (db m179442) HM
41Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — qatáy PrairieThe čičməhán Trail Stop 14
This site is the last remaining vestige of the natural prairie that spanned the qatáy Valley, between wetland areas. Relatively dry, upland areas of the valley provided camas bulbs (qʷɬúʔi in Klallam and Camassia quamash in Latin) . . . Map (db m179762) HM
42Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — RailroadHidden History
Did Port Townsend have a railroad? 1880s Port Townsend was a booming seaport and Washington's Port of Entry. Great efforts were made to connect the city with the nation's expanding railway systems. Local business owners and . . . Map (db m179536) HM
43Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — 44 — Rothschild House
Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 15, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating, or illustrating American history Placed on the National Register on Sept 29, 1974 by . . . Map (db m177418) HM
44Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Sailing Ships
Port Townsend's strategic location at the entrance to Puget Sound won it the U.S. Customs Service headquarters in 1854, just three years after the town was established. Every vessel entering Puget Sound from any foreign port was . . . Map (db m179374) HM
45Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Sentinel RockThe čičməhán Trail Stop 13
After signing the 1855 Point No Point Treaty, it was clear that there had been some misunderstandings, and the federal government was failing to follow through on its funding promises. Some of the Tribes of Washington rose up against what they saw . . . Map (db m179769) HM
46Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Site of Port Townsend's First Settlers' CabinPort Townsend Sesquicentennial 1851-2001
Built by Alfred A. Plummer and Charles Bachelder in 1851.Map (db m179688) HM
47Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — SmugglingHidden History
Was there smuggling in Port Townsend? Until 1911 Port Townsend was a Customs Port of Entry for the United States. Goods from foreign ports arriving in Puget Sound had to stop in Port Townsend and pay taxes. Avoiding customs was . . . Map (db m179593) HM
48Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Starrett House
Starrett House Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 15, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating, or illustrating American History Placed on the National Register on September 29, . . . Map (db m129376) HM
49Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — The BelmontEst. 1889
In 1885, George Sterming realized his lifelong dream. On this site he erected the building which still bears his name. The upper floor was devoted to office suites and the ground floor housed the soon to be famous Belmont Restaurant and . . . Map (db m179673) HM
50Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — The Haller Fountaindedicated 1906
The Haller Fountain was brought to Port Townsend by resident Theodore N. Haller to honor his deceased father and brother. After the dedication speech, Mr. Haller read a poem about the Greek sea nymph, Galatea, and the statue has been known by that . . . Map (db m91294) HM
51Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — 13 — The Leader Building
Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 15, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating, or illustrating American History Placed on the National Register on Sept. 29, 1970 by the . . . Map (db m179530) HM
52Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — The S'Klallams, The Strong PeopleCoast Salish Canoe Culture
For thousands of years, the S'Klallam ("strong") people lived in villages along the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula, moving with the seasonal resources and living in harmony with nature. In addition to hunting in the mountains and . . . Map (db m179376) HM
53Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — The Unique Coast Salish DesignCoast Salish Canoe Culture
Steven C. Brown, in his essay "Vessels of Life: Northwest Coast Dugouts," from The Canoe: A Living Tradition, by John Jennings published in 2002 by Firefly Books wrote: "The Coast Salish canoe incorporates features that make for a successful and . . . Map (db m179379) HM
54Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — The Welcome Totem Poleat the Northwest Maritime Center
Welcome 2019 Designed by: Dale Faulstich Carved and painted by: Dale Faulstich, Tyler Faulstich, Tim O'Connell, Andy Pitts —————————— Representing from the top: Supernatural Carpenter Spirit of the . . . Map (db m179433) HM
55Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Trade With NewcomersCoast Salish Canoe Culture
Fin Fish included salmon, halibut, smelt and euchalon (a kind of smelt). Fish were taken with reef nets, dip nets, trawl nets, harpoons, gaff hooks, spears, basket traps, weirs, tidal pounds (rows of underwater stakes), hooks, and herring rakes . . . Map (db m179383) HM
56Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — U.S. Coast Guard MemorialSemper Paratus
In Grateful recognition of the continuous presence of the U.S. Coast Guard in Port Townsend since 1854Map (db m179753) HM WM
57Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — U.S.S. Marvin Shields (DE-1066)First Ship of the Fleet to Bear the Name — 1971 —
☆ ☆ Marvin G. Shields ☆ Construction Mechanic Third Class ☆United States Navy ☆ "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with . . . Map (db m179363) HM WM
58Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Union WharfHidden History
Why was Union Wharf so important? Port Townsend's shores boast shallow waters, frequently less than 10 feet deep, dozens of feet out into the bay. As shipping became central to the boomtown's economy, this asset to early settlers . . . Map (db m179597) HM
59Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Union Wharf / Indian IslandThe čičməhán Trail Stop 7
Looking south, view Kilisut Harbor and Indian Island, now Naval Magazine Indian Island. Archeological evidence shows that Indian Island was an important location to the ancestors of the S’Klallam and Chimacum people for over 1,500 years. For . . . Map (db m179600) HM
60Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Union Wharf: A Century of Continuous Service
Evolving over the years to meet Port Townsend's changing needs, Union Wharf has served sailing vessels and steamships, ferries and fish processors. It continues to anchor the axis of historic Port Townsend. 1867-1890: Built by Henry . . . Map (db m179628) HM
61Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Village at Memorial FieldThe čičməhán Trail Stop 5
The village of qatáy once sat near the bluff at what is now the corner of Monroe and Water Streets. It was the principal village of S'Klallam people at the time of the treaty signing, and home to their Chief, čičməhán . . . Map (db m179731) HM
62Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — WaterHidden History
Where does your water come from? Nestled in the "rainshadow" of the Olympic Mountains, Port Townsend gets surprisingly little rain and is surrounded by salt water. In the late 1800s water was scarce and expensive. Early residents . . . Map (db m179693) HM
63Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — Welcome to Port Townsend: Washington's Victorian Seaport
In 1792, Captain George Vancouver sailed his ship, the HMS Discovery, up the Strait of Juan de Fuca. He named this harbor Port Townshend, in honor of the English Marquis of Townshend. Originally a small settlement, Port Townsend . . . Map (db m179633) HM
64Washington, Jefferson County, Port Townsend — World War Memorial1917 - 1918 — They Gave All —
James A. Anderson · Chimacum • Fred W. Anderson · Port Hadlock John W. Anderson · Center • Edwin A. Bartlett · Port Townsend George W. Chadwick · Nordland • Allen W. Clements · Brinnon Richard C. Hill · Irondale • John Hreczuck · Port . . . Map (db m179761) HM
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Mar. 25, 2023