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

Fourteen markers throughout Uptown and Downtown Port Townsend that reveal the area's rich though often overlooked history in order to deepen appreciation of the people and events that helped shape the area into what it is today.
Crimping Marker image, Touch for more information
By William Fischer, Jr., August 1, 2021
Crimping Marker
1 Washington, 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
2 Washington, 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
3 Washington, 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
4 Washington, 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
5 Washington, 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
6 Washington, 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
7 Washington, 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
8 Washington, 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
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9 Washington, 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
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Apr. 24, 2024