Fort Worden is now a Washington state park but was originally one of three coast artillery forts protecting the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. Along with Fort Casey and Fort Flagler, Fort Worden created a triangle of fire that was capable of sinking any ships trying to enter this strategic waterway.
Construction started in 1897 and the fort remained open until 1953, never having fired a shot in hostility. Fort Worden was the headquarters of the Puget Sound Harbor Defense Command, so it had a lot more buildings (most of which are no longer there) than the other two forts. Fort Worden is famous as the location for the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman, staring Richard Gere. Also located at the fort is the Point Wilson Lighthouse.
The place is massive, covering 433 acres and is covered with trails connecting the batteries (gun emplacements). I walked a lot the day I explored the fort. The pictures below the different installations I visited, in the order I saw them. I will spare you details about each facility. If you are looking for more information, see the Wikipedia entry. 😉
Point Wilson Light
Groupment Command Post (World War II)
Searchlight Number 4