Fort Decatur (1)
Fort Decatur (1855-185?) - A two-story blockhouse garrisoned by Marines from the USS Decatur during the siege of Seattle in 1856 during the Yakima Indian War. Located in present-day Seattle, King County, Washington. Also known as Seattle Blockhouse.
Built for protection from hostile Indians on the north end of the Seattle settlement during the Yakima Indian War (1855-1856). This was a two-story log blockhouse, 25 by 40 feet and 14 feet high, armed with two 9-pounder cannons from the U.S.S. Decatur. During the siege of Seattle on 26 Jan 1856, it was garrisoned by Marines from the U.S.S. Decatur who were attacked by a large number of hostile Indians. The siege was unsuccessful but the threat of a larger force of hostile Indians caused the settlers to build a second blockhouse on the south side and connect these two blockhouses with a series of breastworks and stockades. This second blockhouse was known as Fort Duwamish. No further attacks occurred.
Marker is located in a Seattle City park. This park was populated at the time of our visit with several hundred indigents and far too dangerous to explore.
Visited: 23 Aug 2015 Area