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Loni Grinnell-Greninger hugs the Dick Brown statue of her fourth great-grandfather čičməhán, when it was installed in 1996. Today (2019) Loni is the Deputy Director of Social and Community Services for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
Photo courtesy of the Port Townsend Leader.



After signing the 1855 Point No Point Treaty, it was clear that there had been some misunderstandings, and the federal government was failing to follow through on its funding promises. Some of the Tribes of Washington rose up against what they saw as illegal seizure and occupation of their ancestral territories. Forced off their traditional lands, many S’Klallam discussed joining these efforts. čičməhán (Cheech-ma-han) saw white settlement as inevitable and maintained friendly relations with the newcomers in hopes of peaceful co-existence. Positioning himself at Sentinel Rock, he agreed to alert the white settlers as to whether they were safe or should prepare for battle.


“… each morning I will sit on top of the big rock on the east side of qatáy Valley. If you are still in danger I will keep my blanket over my head and then you will know that you must have your guns handy and place your women and children where they will be safe, for they are apt to be captured and held as slaves. If the danger passes I will stand up, throw off my blanket and give a great shout. Then you will know that you are safe.”


The S’Klallam deliberated for nine days, while čičməhán sent a daily signal of “danger.” On the tenth day, the message from the rock was, in essence, “danger is passed.” The S’Klallam had given over to those seeking more peaceful resolutions. čičməhán was considered a hero by the white population and from that point on was immortalized by them.


A bronze plaque was installed near Sentinel Rock in 1937 by the Lucinda Hastings Parlor No. 1 of the Native Daughters of Washington. In 1996, the city installed a sculpture of čičməhán by Dick Brown, depicting the Chief throwing off his blanket to indicate that the danger had passed.




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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