A little about Port Townsend
Discover the authentic charm of a Victorian Seaport with its maritime heritage and a touch of urban chic. World-class restaurants, boutique shopping, fabulous galleries, a lively music scene and accommodations for the most discriminating guest await. Perched at the northeast tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a magical combination of land and sea, with panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Located a short ferry ride from Seattle, Port Townsend is ideally located for easy access, while being a world away.
The history of Port Townsend
By the late 19th century, Port Townsend was a well-known seaport, very active and banking on the future. Many homes and buildings were built during that time, with most of the architecture ornate Victorian. During this period, in 1888, the Port Townsend Police Department was established. Railroads were built to reach more areas in the 1870-1890s and Port Townsend was to be the northwest extension of the rail lines. Its port was large and frequented by overseas vessels, so shipping of goods and timber from the area was a major part of the economy. Many of the buildings were built on the speculation that Port Townsend would become a booming shipping port and major city. When the depression hit, those plans lost the capital to continue and rail lines ended on the east side of Puget Sound,
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