Port Townsend Essential Info


Port Townsend is a city in the Olympic Peninsula region of Washington.

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  1. Local legend has it that Port Townsend was once a dumping ground for the indigenous people's infirm and insane.
  2. Several movies have been shot in Port Townsend, including Enough, Snow Falling on Cedars, and An Officer and a Gentleman.
  3. Captain George Vancouver originally named the city “Port Townshend” in 1792 for his friend the Marquis of Townshend.
  4. Port Townsend was called the "City of Dreams" because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast of the United States.
  5. The Port Townsend Historic District, an area including many Victorian-era buildings, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

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