We thought the batteries down at Ft. Stevens on the Oregon coast were impressive but this place takes the cake! There is literally a city of batteries, not just ones that housed the big guns that ranged anywhere from 3 to 12 inches, but batteries for the mortars as well. Once again, for all the impressive defenses displayed, we never fired a weapon in defense from any of our west coastal locations! They did a lot of practicing though!
After the Korean War, Fort Worden was officially decommissioned in 1953. The state of WA purchased it in 1957 to use as a diagnostic treatment center for troubled youths. (the youths were housed in the barracks on the fort, not in the batteries;) It was acquired by the state parks in 1971 and opened as a state park in 1973.
I hope you can read the interpretive signs:
|One can wander for hours inside these batteries in the dark if one wishes;) I mean pitch black dark;)|
|this tiny building housed one of the spotlights that was used to light up targets on the water.......|
|the light traveled on a track to the edge of the cliff when needed (Mike is standing where the spotlight would be)|
|tunnels led from one battery to the next in some places on the point|
|this poem is part of a meditative display on the grounds.......|
|...along with the "throne"..........|
|.......and the "thinker" chair;)|
|this place is now a huge playground.....great for hide and seek. this is another tunnel leading to lower batteries|
|Fort Worden was decommissioned in 1953.....note how many stars on our flag at that time|
|this building was used for......balloon craft|