The founding of Port Angeles Port Angeles sits between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains on a natural deepwater harbor, originally named “Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles” (or “Port of Our Lady of the Angels”) in 1791 by Spanish explorer Don Francisco de Eliza. This was eventually shortened into its current name, Port Angeles Harbor. However, long before Don Francisco came across the region, the area was home to Klallam tribes and two major Klallam villages, I’e’nis and Tse-whit-zen. Port Angeles was established as a townsite by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 by executive order. The Board of Trade in 1890 called Port Angeles the “Second National City,” with Washington, D.C., being the first. In 1887, the Puget Sound Co-Operative Colony settled in Port Angeles and the population steadily grew. While the colony did not last long, it played a major role in the development of Port Angeles.
A chance to explore a unique history Built in 1914, the impressive Clallam County Courthouse at Fourth and Lincoln streets is a Georgian-style brick structure with distinctive features such as a stained-glass skylight, marble steps and a clock tower. Nearby, the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St., offers a glimpse into Clallam County’s past. The Museum at the Carnegie, located in the city-owned historic 97-year-old Carnegie Library, is operated by the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. Seven permanent exhibits — one describing the North Olympic Peninsula’s Native American heritage — are on the museum’s second floor. Heritage Tours offers you a guided walking tour through Port Angeles’ past. The tour takes you through historical downtown buildings, past murals that tell stories and down into the Port Angeles underground, created when downtown street levels were raised above the tidal flats in 1914. Tours start from the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 121 E. Railroad Ave., on the waterfront. For more information and Heritage Tour availability, call 360-452-2363, ext. 0, or visit portangelesheritagetours.com.
100 OLYMPIC PENINSULA VISITORS GUIDE • SUMMER 2018
Counterclockwise from top: Tribal canoes arrive at Hollywood Beach during the annual Canoe Journey. The Clallam County Courthouse is located in Port Angeles. Port Angeles Boat Haven accommodates local and visiting crafts. City Pier is a popular destination.