|Above Elwha River mouth.|
This introduction led me in my youth to an interest in local coastal defense emplacements. I researched and old blueprints dating to the late 1890's and locations of most of the emplacements throughout Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and near Cape Flattery.
The first emplacement was Civil War era and located next to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse on the Columbia River mouth. The next series were constructed for the Spanish American War in 1898. These includes the extensive forts in Puget Sound such a Fort Flagler, Worden, Casey, and a few on Rich Passage. There's even a gun battery on Goat Island near La Connor. The final stage was built to keep the Japanese away during World War 2. In all the above cases, history progressed to where each were outdated soon after their completion. The 18" wide diameter muzzle cannon at Salt Creek Rec Area west of Port Angeles was fired only once, then was scrapped.
|Fort Casey St Park, Whidbey Island.|
|Salt Creek Rec Area. WW2 Era.|
|Fort Casey, Whidbey Island.|
|Fort Ebey, Whidbey island.|
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