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Fort Simcoe State Park

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Address: Yakima, WA
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+1 509-874-2372
08:00 - 17:00
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This is the site of a former U.S. Army fort built during the 1850s.

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Interesting Place With Interesting History

this was interesting but not really very exciting. But, for history buffs it is a great stop. The surrounding area has some 8000 wild horses so you might see some in dryer... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 August 2016
David K
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Toppenish, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This is a fantastic piece of history. Pack up the family and take the long drive to the park. Be sure and pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds. Beautifully maintained.

Thank Momof2n98948
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

this was interesting but not really very exciting. But, for history buffs it is a great stop. The surrounding area has some 8000 wild horses so you might see some in dryer weather coming in for water. Also a lot of resident elk. worth the stop

Thank David K
Yakima, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

It's worth the long drive. Very interesting historical site that is well maintained. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

Bothell, Wa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

As a young child I found Fort Simcoe a fun place to explore, and hadn't been there in over 50 years, so we decided to make the drive to rediscover the park. There aren't any concessions, and we found the park had few visitors, but we were able to wander through the old fort buildings and read some of the... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Just for reference, this park is not in Yakima, Washington. It is actually deep into the Yakama Reservation, closer to the town of White Swan. It is also unfortunate that despite the interesting reconstruction of the fort's buildings and the important upkeep of the originals that remain, interpretation is very minimal and very biased. The extremely negative effects that Fort... More 

7 Thank John T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

While one must seek out this park it is worth the mileage. So much history and beauty. The beautiful buildings both original and restored pose great insight to the days of the past. Come for a civil war reenactment for a real look into the past.

1 Thank Ashesarmstrong
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Wonderful wildflowers in the spring, Lots of room to visit a western fort replica and learn the history of the area, both the good and the bad. Nice picnic area and very quiet most of the time. A nice place for reflection.

1 Thank Disodora
Yakima, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Wonderful day trip location. Plenty of room for children to run and play but visit historical buildings.

1 Thank flmisskathyh
Yakima, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Remote state park with post Civil War Army replicas of barracks, housing, blockhouses and fort layout, and other buildings in a remote wooded pristine location South of Wapato/White Swan, WA. Beautiful scenery, historical artifact's museum and nice picnic facilities. Very quiet and very few visitors meaning no crowded parking and picnic areas. Picnic areas have fixed grills, tables, restrooms and... More 

1 Thank William M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

This beautiful place also serves as a useful reminder of a tragic and disgraceful chapter in the history of American expansion. The occupation of Indian lands and the subjugation and outright genocidal treatment of the people living in those lands is something every American should learn more about.

2 Thank Bwoods03

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