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Women cleaning halibut


From the collections of the Jefferson County Historical Society [2005.78.74] Below, a map showing the many S’Klallam villages along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


North Beach was an important camp location for the S’Klallam and other Tribes of the Salish Sea. Coming from the west, Natives beached their canoes off the Strait of Juan de Fuca at this location to avoid the treacherous rip tides east of here. In rougher weather, canoes were portaged south through the qatáy Valley (along what is now San Juan Avenue) to qatáy/Kah Tai Lagoon, where they could launch into Port Townsend Bay. It was also here that hundreds of S’Klallam gathered during the “Indian Scare,” to determine whether to wage war on the local settlers, and were dissuaded by their Chief, čičməhán.


The adjacent area - currently known as Chinese Gardens –now a large lagoon to the east of this park, was the northernmost section of the series of ponds and wetlands that led through the valley. In the days before much of the area’s stormwater was redirected to this lagoon, it was a moist, fertile farming area where the Chinese population of Port Townsend (that peaked in 1880 with around 450 people) grew abundant vegetables to eat and sell to the locals. After the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese Gardens was used to smuggle Chinese immigrants in from British Columbia.





čičməhán Trail Map...



Chetzemoka Park Four Points Fowler Building Hudson Beach/Big Heart Laurel Grove Cemetery Memorial Field North Beach Northwest Maritime Center Port Townsend Ferry Overlook Point Hudson Port Townsend Post Office Point Wilson qatay Lagoon qatay Prairie qatay Valley entinel Rock Swan School Union Wharf/Indian Island


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trail site pages.


Trail Sign Locations:


  1. Chetzemoka Park
    900 Jackson St. (main entrance)
  2. Hudson Beach/Big Heart
    103 Hudson St.
  3. Point Hudson
    103 Hudson St.
  4. Northwest Maritime Center
    Water St. & Monroe St.
  5. Village at Memorial Field
    Washington St.
  6. Fowler Building
    226 Adams St.
  7. Union Wharf/Indian Island
    Wharf on end of Taylor St.
  8. Port Townsend Ferry Overlook
    1200 Block of Washington St.
  9. Port Townsend Post Office
    1322 Washington St.
  10. qatáy Lagoon

  11. Laurel Grove Cemetery
    24th St. & Discovery Rd.
  12. Swan School / Klallam language
    2345 Kuhn St.
  13. Sentinel Rock
    1948 Blaine St. (Golf Course)
  14. qatáy Prairie
    1948 Blaine St.
  15. Four Points
    Blaine St. & and VanBuren St.
  16. qatáy Valley
    Pacific Ave.& Milo St.
  17. North Beach
    End of Kuhn St.
  18. Point Wilson
    Fort Worden







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