Fort Alden (1856-1857) - One of a series of crude wooden forts built by Washington Volunteers to protect against Indian attacks during the Washington Indian Wars, also known as Fort Alder. Named for Captain James Alden. No Indians ventured west and the fort was quickly abandoned.
In 1857 Jeremiah Borst, who is considered to be the father of the Snoqualmie Valley, settled a 160-acre, pre-empted claim that was 2.5 miles north of Snoqualmie Falls. The Fort Alden blockhouse served as his first cabin.
60' South of the Snoqualmie river 2.5 miles from the
actual Snoqualmie Falls near the town of
Fall City, King County, Washington. (exact location unknown)
Maps & Images
Lat: 47.565523 Long: -121.875973
- Hart, Herbert M., Tour Guide to Old Western Forts, Pruett Publishing Co., Boulder CO, 1980, ISBN 0-87108-568-2, page 180.
- Frazer, Robert W., Forts of the West, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman OK, 1965, ISBN 0-8061-1250-6, page 170.
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 829
- WA0002 - Fort Alden
- WA0003 - Fort Alder