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“Worth the Drive”

Fort Simcoe State Park
Ranked #10 of 56 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.
Reviewed 24 July 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.

31  Thank Miguel B
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