Historic Fort Worden guard shack restored

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Posted 11/20/20

A guard shack that graced the gates of Fort Worden in the early 1900s has been restored by the nonprofit group Friends of Fort Worden. 

The group decided to restore the structure after …

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Historic Fort Worden guard shack restored

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A guard shack that graced the gates of Fort Worden in the early 1900s has been restored by the nonprofit group Friends of Fort Worden. 

The group decided to restore the structure after receiving a matching donation from long-time Port Townsend resident Michael Gilman. 

Volunteer Bill Appleton took the lead on the project and Hodge Construction served as the contractor to remove the structure’s rotten wood, flaking paint and old electrical wiring.  

“The foundation and floors were rebuilt, the interior was replaced, new electrical wiring was installed, and fresh paint was applied throughout,” Appleton said, “all meeting guidelines from the State Park Historic Preservation Officer.”

Because the shack remains portable, it could serve a number of uses at Fort Worden, Appleton said. 

Currently, considerations are being made to utilize the shack as an information booth. 

Park Manager Brian Hageman said the restored shack is a nice addition to the park and has re-established yet another link to Fort Worden’s rich history in Port Townsend. 

An all-volunteer group, Friends of Fort Worden focuses on supporting the park as a recreational, educational, historical, and natural resource. 

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Context

What a symbol a guard tower is. Who is standing guard over Fort Worden? All who have donated time and positive works towards Fort Worden are special folk. Always remember that there is not one but two Fort Wordens. The State Park campground which remained with State Parks after some intense public input in 2012 and beyond, and the FWPDA Campus which was lost for 50 years to local, more exclusive, special interests. State Parks are inclusive, not exclusive. No?

The Fort Worden PDA is chartered by the City or Port Townsend and all that goes with that. It is populated with a group that failed to know much of anything about what was going on financially and in realistic planning.

To honor those who volunteer now, and in the past, and those who served and serve in the military that the monument that is Fort Worden represents, and the history that it radiates, take a minute to read a bit. Volunteer your time and separate what is and what should be, for yourself. It is important volunteer work for you at this time especially. Below is a link to what this paper, the Leader, explains about the peril that the ground the guard shack rests on is in.

After reading that go to the other links for more in depth coverage. Hopefully ongoing coverage by each paper in its own way can help restore Fort Worden as 100% the property of all of the people of the State of Washington. I hope after reading all the information you will be moved to volunteer in a different way. I can't imagine anyone who loves Fort Worden and its surroundings would leave it in the hands that have led it where it is today. You wouldn't do that with your child or pet, or even your car. This is a National legacy squandered. There are plenty of volunteers that know what to do. Clean things up. Or not.

ptleader.com/stories/fort-worden-pda-faces-house-of-cards-financial-crisis,72087?

https://www.porttownsendfreepress.com/2020/11/05/fort-worden-hit-by-cherry-street-project-disease/

https://www.porttownsendfreepress.com/2020/11/06/fort-worden-pda-finances-plagued-with-problems-from-beginning/

https://www.porttownsendfreepress.com/2020/11/14/fort-worden-glamping-a-soggy-mess/

What a symbol a guard tower is. Who is standing guard over the Fort Worden? Thanks so much for your volunteer work.

Friday, November 20
Jüsteks Hale

First I would just like to you congratulate you on the brilliant move of using this chamber of commerce newsletter (dba PTLeader), to promote your own website.

Secondly, there are some of us who remember that particularly Republican neoliberalism is what forced public national parks to have to be profitable, as a way to privatize services for public lands. ('Same as what neoliberalism did to the Post Office, by the way…)

If our taxpayer dollars had been spent to maintain our state and national parks, we wouldn't even be having this conversation. But your Republican conservatism has decimated public lands and public services to the point we are, now. Instead, our taxpayer dollars were spent on corporate wars in foreign lands. If you truly care about our soldiers past and present, how about writing some stories on your webpage, about how our service members could use some help with the effects of the debilitating vaccinations they were forced to endure, and all the injuries both physical and emotional, they sustained during those corporate wars.

But back to the parks. Since you like the idea of sharing links so much, here's one that deftly articulates the results of neoliberal policy on our public lands. Before you're quick to point out that Bill Clinton is mentioned in this article, please note there are plenty of us who understand very well that Democrats are neoliberals, too.

https://www.stwnewspress.com/opinion/jim-hightower-proud-partners-corporatize-our-parks/article_72ae0a14-3667-11e5-9b64-3b9dcebe20b2.html

The bottom line is that you want to blame local officials for what has happened at Fort Worden. Certainly they have made mistakes. But if our taxpayer money had been funding our public lands like it should have been, we would not even be discussing this. MORE of your Republican neoliberalism is NOT the answer.

| Saturday, November 21
Focus my friend

You try to confuse with donkeys and elephants. Good outcomes cross party lines. Bad stewardship in this case is traced to the elite inbred Dem political machine here. Just a fact. You assume much in your attempt to cover for the status quo. Specific answers? You never have any. Good soldier. Lets fix this thing. Obvious who broke it.

Saturday, November 21
Context

"First I would just like to you congratulate you on the brilliant move of using this chamber of commerce newsletter (dba PTLeader), to promote your own website." You begin with an error. Context is not the Free Press or looking to do anything but get different points of view out there.

Context has nothing to do with the website you reference. It is part of what is asked, that readers read and research and come to their own conclusions. Your link is great. All part of the problem, leading to cross party line solutions badly needed. Privatization of public lands is something those who fought to keep the FWPDA out of Fort Worden were against. The FWPDA is the pimp. Private interests abound as tenants at Fort Worden and were an important part of letting the State off the hook. We are all pretty hooked now.

Saturday, November 21