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San Juan Island

This 35 mile side trip loops out through San Juan Island.

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Friday Harbor took its name from “Friday,” an aged Hawaiian Islander brought here by the Hudson’s Bay Company to herd its sheep. From the ferry landing the main thoroughfare ascends a gradual incline, fronted by a variety of mercantile establishments, to the flat above the harbor where the residence district, school buildings, and courthouse spread out from the main street. Small-launch transportation between the islands has centralized insular business at...

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San Juan County Courthouse

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UW Oceanographic Laboratories

Constructed in 1882 for a Presbyterian congregation, it has been used by various denominations from time to time, including weddings and funerals, and is in a sense a community church. Adjacent to the church is the Island’s cemetery where many of the soldiers who were members of the Occupation Forces during get so-called “Pig War” are buried. Many of those men also attended church services there.

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The site of a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, and of a U.S. military camp during the San Juan Islands boundary dispute. The name was first used on British Admiralty charts in 1858. Captain Henry Richards of the Royal Navy chose the name because Hudson's Bay Company loaded and unloaded cattle there prior to the settlement of the San Juan Island boundary. The Lummi Native American name for the point...

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The road swings through rolling hills with the flat expanse of the San Juan Valley visible, in the distance; well-tilled farms, many of them former pea ranches, dot the valley. During the 1940s, at planting time in the spring, each pea farmer was allotted a planting date: thus the crops ripen successively, assuring steady operation for the cannery at Friday Harbor. Visible across the farmland, south of the roadway is...

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The limestone industry of the San Juan Islands began in the 1860s. A small community grew up around a quarry and included a hotel, saloon, post office and at least twenty houses. The post office operated between 1879 and 1888. A state park since 1984, limestone was first quarried at the site in 1860. In 1917, the U.S. Coast Guard erected a lighthouse at the point, with keeper’s quarters completed...

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Lime Kiln Light Station

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San Juan Lime Company

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Deadman Bay

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Mount Dallas

The site of the British marines’ camp between 1860 and 1872. It is entered through the Davis-Crook farm. The English blockhouse, a small log structure, with an overhanging upper story set diagonally across a lower room, stands at the border of Garrison Bay, which the grounds overlook. Two crumbling old buildings, reputedly the barracks and commissary occupied by the British, still mark the campsite. A path leads up a hill...

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A picturesque little settlement at the northern tip of San Juan Island, owned and controlled by the Roche Harbor Lime and Cement Company, but with none of the depressing aspects of the typical “company town.” A pastoral air pervades the gardens and houses and the jagged rocks of the little cove. A small, white-steepled schoolhouse nestles snugly against a green-foliaged hillside. Roses and dahlias grow beneath tall, gay hollyhocks. Set...

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Snug Roche Harbor

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Henry Island

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Pearl Island

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Barren Island

Located on pastureland near a marsh in the northern interior of San Juan Island. The main part of the post-and-beam, center-drive barn consists of seven bays that enclose a 33-foot-high hay mow, serviced by a hay rail and trolley system. Three large metal ventilators are located on top of the roof. The south shed, probably added in 1934 (as suggested by an inscription in the concrete floor), shelters a milking...

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