Guarding the Entrance to Puget Sound - Coast Artillery Corps

Guarding the Entrance to Puget Sound - Coast Artillery Corps (HM15I2)

Location: Coupeville, WA 98239 Island County
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Country: United States of America
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N 48° 9.462', W 122° 40.68'

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Fort Casey State Park

— Admiralty Head Lighthouse —

A Glimpse In Time
Like the majority of the coastal forts built in the United States, Fort Casey never fired its guns in warfare.

Fort Casey is one of three coastal forts constructed in the late 1890s to defend the entrance to Puget Sound and the United States Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Prior to this time, the coastal communities of Puget Sound, as well as much of the western coast, were left unprotected and vulnerable to invasion by foreign warships. At the height of its military significance, from 1901 to 1919, Fort Casey was a busy place. Hundreds of troops were needed to man all the gun batteries and fire control stations of the fort.

As the technology of warships and airplanes advanced, Fort Casey, with its fixed guns, became obsolete as a coastal defense site. It continued to serve as a military training site during World War I and World War II. In 1950, the United States Army disbanded the Coastal Artillery Corps and the site was acquired by Washington State Parks in 1956.

A Letter Home, 1917
The gun commander yells, "Number 1 Fire!" The gun pointer pulls the magneto lever, there is a blinding flash of flame, then a deafening roar and jar. The gun settles back into its first position while the projectile goes hurtling out through the air. Ten - fifteen - twenty-five seconds pass and there way out in the straits, right up close to the target, a cloud of water rises a fit!'
Glenn Rauley, Private-First Class, December 9, 1917
HM NumberHM15I2
Placed ByFort Casey State Park
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 523946 N 5333878
Decimal Degrees48.15770000, -122.67800000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 9.462', W 122° 40.68'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 9' 27.72" N, 122° 40' 40.80" W
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Area Code(s)360
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1280 Engle Rd, Coupeville WA 98239, US
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