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Neah Bay

This 78 mile side trip follows the Strait of Juan de Fuca out to Neah Bay and the Makah Nation passing through several maritime communities and enjoying spectacular scenery.

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The Elwha River Bridge was constructed in 1913 as part of an effort to link the Olympic Peninsula with the rest of the State by wagon roads which would "serve the tourist as well as the agricultural and lumbering interests." The emphasis that the county placed on bridge and road construction at this time is reflected in the fact that about $350,000 of the $496,000 that was spent on bridge...

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Mile: 60

During World War I, this railroad point was a supply depot for the Spruce Division, commanded by Col. Brice P. Disque. The Spruce Division was organized during World War One to make certain that enough timber was cut during the war to provide lumber for military purposes. Including spruce for the building of airplane parts. The railroad on which this depot was located was built by troops under Disque's command...

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Mile: 49

Native American for “fish”, at the mouth of Pysht River. Large log rafts are made up here for shipment to Puget Sound ports. A group of 20 buildings at Pysht was built as headquarters of the Merrill-Ring Logging Company. The ground was laid out and work started on the buildings in 1918. It is believed to be the best-planned logging headquarters in the State. The buildings, built mainly to house...

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Named for the bay, which was listed on British Admiralty Charts in 1846 by Capt. Henry Kellet as Callam, his Anglicized version of the Native American name. The name of the bay, might be Kla-kla-wice; however, Kellet attempted to reproduce the tribal name, which was S'klah-lam or Do-sklal-ob, meaning big, strong nation. By the 1940s the town featured a hotel, store, a few weathered buildings, and a long dock. Today,...

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Slip Point Light Station Keeper’s Residence

Mile: 17

On the edge of a small, wide-mouthed bay. This village is a make-up point for Bloedel-Donovan log rafts. A dump pier extends far into the water to facilitate making up the log booms. Capt. Henry Kellett chose the present name, using the Native American name. Captain George Davidson of U.S. Coast Survey, confirmed Kellet's naming, but spelled the name Sik-ke-u, which corresponds more closely to the Native American pronunciation.

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Seiku School

Mile: 15

Headquarters of the Makah Native American Reservation reservation, it occupies a crescent-shaped flat at the foot of wooded ridges in a sheltered bay in the lee of Cape Flattery. Extending into the bay are two long slips, to which are tied dozens of fish boats and houseboats. The Makah ( “cape people”) a branch of the Nootka, whose chief abode is on the outer side of Vancouver Island, and more...

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Makah Cultural and Research Center

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Cape Flattery

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Waada Island

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Tatoosh Island

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Waatch was a Makah village at the mouth of the Waatch River on the Makah Native American Reservation. Waatch point, located near the settlement is at the mouth of the Waatch River. A very old Native American name for the place was Ar-kut-tle-kower. The Waatch River is a low, swampy, winding stream that rises north of Makah Peaks in northwest Clallam County and flows westerly to the Pacific Ocean. On...

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