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A History – Buff’s Guide to Washington

Washington became a state in 1889, but it comes with an interesting history that goes way beyond that time. Home to several beautiful lighthouses in the coastal areas from Cape Flattery to Cape Disappointment, it is just not limited to the views. A plethora of historic forts and parks are scattered throughout the state to help you travel back in time. No matter where you go, you will find a piece of history linked to that place. Here is a list of our favorite places in Washington that we think you should include in your itinerary:

Monte Cristo


On the east side of Snohomish County is the abandoned city of Monte Cristo. Surrounded by mountains, Monte Cristo was a booming and flourishing mining town in the 1890s after silver and gold ores were discovered here first in 1889. But by 1920, major mining operations came to a close and the residents of the town migrated to other parts of the country, leaving it abandoned. There are still a few relics left in the abandoned town, just as fascinating as the view surrounding Monte Cristo.

Fort Worden State Park


This park in Port Townsend overlooks the Admiralty Inlet and was originally built to be a US Army installation to protect the Puget Sound and the nearby cities, during the early 1990s. It served as an army base up until 1953 and was later turned into a public park in the year 1973. The most exciting part of this place is that several historical buildings are still well-preserved while some heritage monuments like Alexander’s Castle, will also allow you to spend the night.

Fort Ebey State Park in Whidbey Island
Situated on the western side of Whidbey Island, this park is the site of a former coastal defense fort that was constructed during World War 2. It also features some of the old concrete bunkers of the fort, which is a treat to the eyes for any history buff.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
It was once an important British fur-trading outpost in the 19th century. Now, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site features replicas of the original buildings that at one time were responsible for the flourishing trade in the area. Spread into the states of Washington and Oregon, the site encompasses the fort and the former residence of John McLoughlin, the Hudson Bay Co. superintendent. Going around the park, you will get to understand the role the park played in the development of the region during the colonial era. History of interactions among Europeans, Americans, and Native Americans can be learned along your journey.

Pioneer Square
If you want to experience the historical side of Seattle, a city in Washington, admire the architecture of the city and experience the art scene, then Pioneer Square is where you want to be in. Located in the area where the city’s founders first settled more than 150 years ago, the majority of the buildings here originate from the late 19th century. Pioneer Square houses several art galleries, bars, restaurants, clubs and shops. Underground tours and ghost tours provide a different perspective of the neighborhood.

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Built in the year 1852 in the then-Oregon territory, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was first lit in 1856. Along with the light, the station was also equipped with a fog bell, which was later removed as the sound was inaudible over the roar of the waves. North Head Lighthouse was built as there was no light available. The lighthouse is functional till date and offers a beautiful view to all the hikers who go all the way up to the top.

Planning a trip to Washington to learn more of the historical glory of the state? Reservations.com is there to help you with all the bookings that you need.

Bon voyage!

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