“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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The Čičməhán Trail, Port Townsend, Washington Historical Markers

An interpretive trail with 18 stops throughout the City of Port Townsend, Washington, that chronicles the history of the S'Klallam people and the European settlers as they worked to co-exist. In the 21st century, the S'Klallam people and residents of Port Townsend and Jefferson County celebrate their differences and build on their ongoing community partnerships and respectful relationships to successfully move forward for the benefit of future generations.
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 1, 2021
The čičməhan trail Marker
1 Washington, 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
2 Washington, 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
3 Washington, 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
4 Washington, 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
5 Washington, 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
6 Washington, 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
7 Washington, 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
8 Washington, 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
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Jun. 10, 2023