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Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

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Address: Highway 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96766-1875
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There's Not Much There There

They had the requisite panels of information. Nothing is marked except in a little map that's part of the panels. They admit in the panels that the Fort has not been the subject... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
TammySue88
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La Quinta, California

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La Quinta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

They had the requisite panels of information. Nothing is marked except in a little map that's part of the panels. They admit in the panels that the Fort has not been the subject of archaeological scrutiny. So, I wondered, "Did I not understand it?" There was a road that appears to go around (somewhere?) so I took it. Everything was... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Not much to see, you can stop on the way to/from Waimea and walk around "red" soil and black sand beach.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Not spectacular to look at but really important part of Hawaiian History. It would not be the same without seeing its location and the actual physicality of it. Worth a brief stop.

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Princeville, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Don't expect much, when driving all the way out there. Lots of rocks in the middle of hot, red dirt. Pig sculls and mutilated dead chicken with many chicken orphans fighting for their survival. Cool trees though!

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

My husband is an architectural historian, and this site was high on the top of his list of things to see. The "average" review is at his recommendation. There is some historical interpretation on site, though you can find more on wikipedia. As others have pointed out, it is in ruins, with no interpretation offered beyond the large plaque near... More 

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Vandalia, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Most of the reviews on here are right - this little park only shows what remains of some walls of the Russian Fort that used to be here. It's cool to think of, just not much to see. What is there is not well maintained - there were as many weeds as stones from what I could tell. I was... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The fort is a ruin that is not much more than a bunch of rocks piled on top of each other. There are some signs that give an historical background and provide sketches of what researches believe the fort may have looked like, and what was where inside. The signs are helpful, but the whole project is remarkably un-researched and... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This is a great place to pull off the road, relax and maybe have a picnic. There is not much to see and nothing to do. Better to continue on to Waimea Canyon.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

For an old fort it was pretty neat to see, but it was in disrepair. Although considering the age, it makes sense. I liked it because of the history of it, but thats just me. If your into history, not a bad place. The others in my party didnt think it was so great.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is an incomplete fort that was never used - why is this even here? The history is it was never really built and is a pile of rubble. So? No real historic significance - no reason for this to be a public funded "historical" park. Someone's boondoggle.

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Address: Highway 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96766-1875
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Waimea

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