This mornings 12.5 mile walk took me back through history. I crossed the Ebey Prairie which in itself is historic, all the way over to Fort Casey.
The reason I called this blog “The World War” is because of a book my grandfather Bang gave me many years ago.
This book was written in 1919 and is a great history of World War I at the time called “The World War”. That’s because it was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Silly people, war, that’s what people do. So when World War II started the World War was renamed as number one.
So the reason for this preamble is because Fort Casey was built in 1890 to provide protection for Puget Sound guarding the Admiralty Inlet. It’s a huge area with lots to see. If you decide to visit Fort Casey, Coupeville and Whidbey Island you could rent one of these old officer quarters as a base of operations.
Called Fort Casey Inn they rent from $160 to $180 a night depending on seasons and which house.
A large portion of the Fort Casey buildings were bought by Seattle Pacific University and it’s called Camp Casey Conference Center. There are many activities going on at the facility all year long. Click on the link to find out more.
Imagine what it must have been like to be the “top guy” back then and get to live in these magnificent quarters.
It sits high above the parade grounds across from the enlisted men’s barracks. Oh the feeling of power as you look out from your front porch.
Walking a little further into Fort Casey State Park I walked past a very nice picnic area and the road that leads to a beautiful waterfront campground as well as a tent camping area. As you go over the hill you come upon the huge bunker with all the canon placements.
From the water side you can not see anything but from the backside it’s really an incredible war machine. Here’s another view of the complex.
There are still two ten inch canons on display. One is up and the other is down. The canon’s were cranked up into firing position and aimed. When they were fired the recoil caused them to retract back behind the bunker so they were out of sight and easily reloaded. These canon’s are not the original canon’s as the originals were melted down for the World War II war effort. These canon’s are identical and came from the US Navy Base in Subic Bay, Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines. You can still see shrapnel pock marks on the canon’s from the Japanese bombings.
The last stop this morning was at the Admiralty Lighthouse. This lighthouse was moved to its current location when they built the fort. It’s a beautiful lighthouse and there is an information center inside with stories about the lighthouse and the fort. You can also walk up into the lantern house.
At some point in time the original lantern house was removed as was the Fresnel lens. I believe it was to restore another lighthouse somewhere else. The replacement lantern house was not well made and looked pretty cheesy on this magnificent lighthouse.
Through the efforts of historians and three Whidbey Island high school welding classes they recreated an accurate replica which now sits on top.
While I took many more pictures I think this is enough history for today.
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