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“Good history”

Fort Simcoe State Park
Ranked #9 of 53 things to do in Yakima
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Owner description: This is the site of a former U.S. Army fort built during the 1850s.
Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good history”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

This is one of those little known places in the history of the west. If you are interested in Washington state history,or the West, and/or Native American history this is a great place to visit. I had wanted to go here for years and finally did it! I was plesantly suprised at how pretty this place is. If you have some extra time this is worth the trip!

Visited August 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Worth the Drive”
Reviewed July 23, 2007

First, this place is in the middle of nowhere. The drive from Yakima seems longer than it is because of all the small towns you have to drive thru on the way there.

But it's worth it! This is a fairly well preserved example of a US Fort from the 1800's. There are a few homes where the generals or officers lived, several of which are sometimes open & display period furniture, decor & kitchen items.

There is a square log structure used for defense complete with holes in the side walls for gun fire. A small cemetery is a short walk from the main grounds. Another large log structure served as the mess or banquet hall. Probably 30 feet wide by 50 feet long with a 15 foot ceiling & a central fireplace & chimney. The main field is adorned with a actual cannon from the fort.

For the kids, there are a few playground items near a nice tree'ed area off the parking lot, and a few picnic tables for general use.

I've visited this place over a dozen times as a youngster, a teenager, as well as in my 20's & 30's. It's a great, historic place to visit from April thru October, as I'm not a fan of driving that far out of town in snow & eastern WA does get a fair bit most years.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy it.

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