Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Checking out Fort Columbia

Photo courtesy of  JC Imagery


Tucked into the Pacific Coast is one of the forts the protected the West Coast of the United States of America.  Fort Columbia lays between the tiny town of Chinook and the Oregon Border.  Nestled on 593 acres that borders 6,400 feet of the Columbia River and has sweeping views of the Columbia, it was built between 1896 and 1904.  For three wars, it was completely manned and operational until it became surplus after World War II.  In 1950 it was dedicated a state park after the property transferred to the custody of Washington State.

Photo courtesy of  JC Imagery


Photo courtesy of  JC Imagery

You can climb down into the batteries.
Photo courtesy of  JC Imagery


Although be aware of the pitch black.  This photo only came out bright
because of the camera flash - hence my wide eyes.  Bring a flashlight!
Photo courtesy of  JC Imagery

It is open during the summer from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm and in the winter from 8:00-5:00.  You do need a discover pass to park on grounds.  When we went, we were the only ones on the property and you have free reign of the place including the four remaining defense batteries.  While we drove around the park, we did not go into any of the buildings (save the restroom), but you can actually rent out the Sterwards House and Scarborough House.

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Yeah, I'm sure they meant for this to happen.    Photo courtesy of  JC Imagery


The things we make our kid do.  Photo courtesy of  JC Imagery


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