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Category Archives: Port Townsend History

Marquis of Townshend in 1792

May 28, 2014 by bluegullinn

The bay was originally named "Port Townshend" by Captain George Vancouver (for his friend the Marquis of Townshend) in 1792. It was immediately recognized as a good safe harbor, although strong south winds and poor holding ground often make small craft anchorage problematic off the town's waterfront. The official European-American settlement of the city of the same name took place on the 24th of April, 1851. American Indian tribes located in what is now Jefferson County in the mid-19th century included the Chimakum (or Chemakum), Hoh (a group of the Quileute), Klallam (or Clallam), Quinault and Twana (the Kilcid band — Anglicized: Quilcene). Port Townsend is also called the "City of Dreams" because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast of the United States.

The bay was originally named “Port Townshend” by Captain George Vancouver (for his friend the Marquis of Townshend) in 1792. It was immediately recognized as a good safe harbor, although strong south winds and poor holding ground often make small craft anchorage problematic off the town’s waterfront.
The official European-American settlement of the city of the same name took place on the 24th of April, 1851. American Indian tribes located in what is now Jefferson County in the mid-19th century included the Chimakum (or Chemakum), Hoh (a group of the Quileute), Klallam (or Clallam), Quinault and Twana (the Kilcid band — Anglicized: Quilcene).
Port Townsend is also called the “City of Dreams” because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast of the United States.

Big Leaf Maple

April 27, 2014 by bluegullinn

Big Leaf Maple Tree

Forsythia

April 11, 2014 by bluegullinn

Spring Flowers in Port Townsend

Spring Flowers in Port Townsend

Farmer Market in Port Townsend now OPEN

April 10, 2014 by bluegullinn

Goat Parade on opening day

Goat Parade on opening day

Port Townsend and Southern Comfort

April 10, 2014 by bluegullinn

Flowers to enjoy

Magnolia flowers

Grape Hyacinth

April 8, 2014 by bluegullinn

4-6" tall

4-6″ tall

Wild Cherry Blossoms

April 7, 2014 by bluegullinn

 

Bees are buzz'n

Bees are buzz’n

Aldrich’s Store

April 6, 2014 by bluegullinn

Historic grocery store in Uptown Port Townsend, WA

Historic grocery store in Uptown Port Townsend, WA

Distant view of Port Townsend

March 27, 2014 by bluegullinn

Looking north you can see Port Townsend in the center of the photograph

Looking north you can see Port Townsend in the center of the photograph

Here comes the ferry from Coupeville

March 22, 2014 by bluegullinn

Washington State Ferry

Washington State Ferry

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