Some old military equipment is on display at the fort, especially near the Museum, including this searchlight. It was used during WWII to look for enemy aircraft at night.
This shipwreck is on the beach at Fort Stevens and is a popular destination for people visiting the park.
This is all that's left of the Peter Iredale, a four masted British sailing ship that was wrecked on Oregon's coast October 25, 1906. All 27 crew and two stowaway's were rescued.
This is what the barracks area looked like when Fort Stevens was in active use, not the empty field it is today.
Many of the large concrete gun batteries are still in place, although most of the guns have been removed.
This is the mouth of the Columbia River, graveyard of many ships.
Fort Clatsop was built by the Lewis & Clark Expedition to stay in during the winter of 1805-1806. The Visitors Center has a very nice museum/interpretive area and a gift shop with such things as steel & flint fire starting kits, replica's of some of the items the expedition would have carried.
Snow is very unusual here, so much so that the Rangers ran out with camera's to capture the moment. Mom borrowed an electric cart to tour the replica Fort.
Mom actually braved the now to visit the replica Fort, but probably stayed less than 5 minutes in it.
The first replica of Fort Clatsop used stone fireplaces. When this burned down a couple of years ago, the Fort was rebuilt using additional research, so now had some sort of earthen fireplace.
While the inside of the chimney is lined with some sort of mud/mortar mix, I think I'd still be nervous about using a wood chimney.
The replica cabins have been furnished using available research, they are pretty sparce, even the Captains cabin.
You can tell from the weather, this wasn't the best time to visit Astoria, featured in the movie "Kindergarten Cop"
The Astoria-Megler bridge is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America, at 21, 474 feet long (6,545m). It was the last segment of Hwy 101 completed in the US.
Fort Yamhill was built in 1856 to try to keep the peace along the border between white settlers and the Native Americans that had been moved to the Great Rhondo Reservation.
Fort Humbolt was built in 1853 to try to keep the peace between Native Americans and settlers in the region. The Army was replaced by California militia during the Civil War, who moved the Native Americans to reservations.
During it's active days as a Russian Fort, the yard was less open. This is the only original building still standing, the Rotchev House (substantially restored of course).
There were two blockhouses at Fort Ross, at opposite corners of the fort. One had seven side (this one I think), the other eight. The second story housed cannon.
This small bay is just down the hill from the Fort. It was only used for small boats and local needs. Large ships anchored in Drakes Bay at Point Reyes, further south.
This is the front gate to Fort Ross. All of these structures are replica's, only one original building is still standing (not pictured).
The last time I visited Fort Ross was about 35 years ago, none of the buildings had any items in them. While these are not original artifacts, they make it much easier to envision daily life during the era the Fort was in use.
This is the exterior of a replica of the original chapel. The round tower on the right is a cupola and is open to the main chapel below.
Fort Ross was quite well armed for it's day. The Spanish never attacked it, partly because of it's reputed strength.
A view of the front wall and yard. The buildings in the far corner are replicas, the originals were used as barracks and living quarters.
The large building at the rear of the Fort is the Rotchev House, the only original building left. It was known as the New Commandants Quarters.
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