American Camp Interpretive Loop - San Juan Island

Friday Harbor, Washington

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An easy interpretive loop sharing the rich history of American Camp and the Pig War. The trail winds its way past the old parade ground, the Laundress’ Quarters, and the site of the Bellevue Sheep Farm, which traded wool and other agricultural products with the Russian American Company in southeast Alaska, as well as markets in California, Mexico, and China. Walk past the Officers’ Quarters, redoubts (fortifications), and earthen gun platforms. As the San Juans were little more than isolated outposts in the 1800s, it’s easy to imagine the boredom, bad food, and bad winter storms the soldiers must have endured—and for twelve years!
San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

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San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

by Dave Wortmand (Falcon Guides)

An easy interpretive loop sharing the rich history of American Camp and the Pig War. The trail winds its way past the old parade ground, the Laundress’ Quarters, and the site of the Bellevue Sheep Farm, which traded wool and other agricultural products with the Russian American Company in southeast Alaska, as well as markets in California, Mexico, and China.

Walk past the Officers’ Quarters, redoubts (fortifications), and earthen gun platforms. As the San Juans were little more than isolated outposts in the 1800s, it’s easy to imagine the boredom, bad food, and bad winter storms the soldiers must have endured—and for twelve years!

© 2005 Dave Wortmand/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Friday Harbor
Distance: 1.25
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Approximately 1 hour
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: San Juan Island National Historical Park
Driving Directions: Directions to American Camp Interpretive Loop - San Juan Island

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