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This 12 mile side trip leads out through Fort Steilacoom to Steilacoom overlooking the Puget Sound and ferry access across Cormorant Passage to Ketron Island and to Anderson Island

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Lakewood (formerly known as Lakeview), a growing community of well-kept modern homes scattered over a flat, grassy parkland, covered with scrub oak and pine. Lakeview’s Community Center, the first of its kind in the State, is housed in an adaptation of Georgian architecture in red brick. Under one roof all sorts of community services are provided: apartments, public and private dining rooms, shops, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, a Christian Science...

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Fort Steilacoom was the first U.S. Army post on Puget Sound. It was established in 1849 and was closed in 1868. The name is from Steilacoom. Four buildings from the fort have been restored. For much of the time during its operating years it was the center of U.S. Military activity in western Washington. The Western State Hospital with attractive grounds and buildings, occupies the site directly adjacent old Fort...

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Fort Steilacoom

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Western State Hospital

Pronounced “Stillakum”, the oldest incorporated town in the State of Washington, was chartered in 1853; its name derives from that of an Indian chief. Set amid old orchards and flower gardens, its quaint houses drowse on a hillside above the shore of Puget Sound. McNeil and Anderson Islands and Tacoma’s house-covered hills are visible from the village streets. The pastoral picture of comfortable old homes along the quiet avenues is...

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Steilacoom Historic District

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Steilacoom Catholic Church

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Orr Home and Orchard

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Keach House

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Steilacoom Methodist Episcopal Church Site

Ferry service across Cormorant Passage to Ketron island. Ketron Island is separated from the mainland by Cormorant Passage in Nisqually Reach of Puget Sound. It was once known as Gove Island when Captain Warren Gove lived there. William Kittson was a factor or agent of the Hudson's Bay Company at nearby Fort Nisqually in the 1840s. Peter Puget of the Royal Navy called it Long Island during his survey of...

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