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Fort Townsend

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Name Fort Townsend
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Location Physical
Ft. Townsend State Park, on the west shore of Port Townsend Bay, about 3 miles southwest of Port Townsend on State Highway 20. The cemetery is in the woods southwest of the Ranger's house.
Latitude &
From State Highway 20, approximately 4 miles southwest of Port Townsend, turn east on Old Ft. Townsend Road. Go to the end of the road (approximatly 1.5 miles) to a campsite registration area. A map posted on a sheltered bulletin board shows the location of the cemetery trail.
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History Fort Townsend was established in 1856 as a place where settlers might find sanctuary in cases of Indian attack or other necessity. The fort was vacated in 1859, and left in the hands of a caretaker. The garrison was reactivated in 1874 and abandoned in 1895. The property was given to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in 1955 and is now a Washington State Park.
Notes It is reported that "The bodies were exhumed in 1898 and taken to the San Francisco National Cemetery."
for a burial list see: burial list

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Revised: 16 March 2008
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