Middle Point Military Reservation
Middle Point Military Reservation (1899-1958) - An Endicott Period military reservation first established in 1899. Named after its location at Middle Point, Kitsap County, Washington. Essentially a sub-post of Fort Ward (2). Partially abandoned in 1958 with the Navy retaining half of the reservation.
Endicott Period (1890-1910)
Part of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound. Middle Point Military Reservation guarded the Rich Passage and the entrance to Bremerton Navy Yard.
The land for the Middle Point Military Reservation was acquired by condemnation decree rendered 1 Apr 1899 that included both Middle Point and Orchard Point for a total of 715.75 acres. Construction began in 1900 on a mine storage building, a mine casemate, a mine cable tank and Battery Mitchell. The three mine facilities were all turned over for service on 4 Dec 1905 at a total cost of $20,800. Battery Mitchell was to provide protection for the mine fields but was never armed because of the excellent coverage from Fort Ward (2).
World War I (1917-1918)
Used as a torpedo test station briefly and transferred to the Navy in 1938
World War II (1941-1945)
Half of the reservation used by the Navy as an oil storage base and anti-submarine net depot.
Part of Manchester State Park, Kitsap County, Washington. No period guns or carriages in place.
Visited: 18 Apr 2010