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Three large forts were built up in the 19th century to protect the entrance of Puget Sound. Forts Worden and Flagler were built on the Port Townsend side - Fort Worden is just outside of the town while Flagler is over on the northeast tip of Marrowstone Island across Port Townsend Bay from the town. To protect the east side of the Sound mouth, Fort Casey was built on Whidbey Island. Guns protruded to defend the Sound from would-be invading battle fleets. Times have changed and the purpose of the guns has gone. The old Fort has been maintained as a State Park and now is part of the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, a collection of parks covering much of the central part of Whidbey Island. The old fort’s barracks have been taken over by Seattle Pacific University now, but you can walk among the old batteries and by the lighthouse all overlooking the mouth of the Puget Sound and gaze over at the Olympic Mountains to the southwest. Exhibits explain the old purposes of the coast artillery fort and a couple of guns removed from artillery forts in the Philipines are on display.
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