For people accustomed to Washington State's larger forts like Casey and Worden, Stevens seems tiny but it is still interesting. The emplacements cover the range of coastal fort history from 1898 to WWII and the concrete footings for nearly all the original WWII housing still stands on the lawn. A recreation of the original 1860's dirt fortification can be walked around on and there are trails though we didn't explore them so I can't give extent. The disappointing side for our visit was that of the three main battery bunkers, only the first Endicott period can be entered and not a lot of it is open. Upside to that, it's been painstakingly restored and shows a really clear idea of what it must have been like in its heyday. The full-sized model disappearing gun, built by a gentleman who is a hobbyist and Friend of Fort Stevens, apparently can actually do the motions of a real one though it's not being shown these days. The slightly older bunker for the 10" guns sadly is no longer open to tour: one look at the sagging concrete and fallen supports makes that clear why but it can still be viewed from above and the front. If you're lucky, you'll arrive when tours are running, as we did, and can get a look inside the one-of-a-kind battery Mishler, which is underground; the volunteer staff that gave the tour were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating (shout out to Nancy and Vic!). There are more elements that can be viewed that we didn't have time for, so if you're a real fort buff, you might want to spend the whole day and stay somewhere nearby overnight (there is a campsite).
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