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History Lives Here: San Juan Island’s Old Military Road, Then and Now

Join Historian Mike Vouri and members of the Old Military Road Trail committee at 10:30 a.m., Saturday May 15 as they explore the southern starting point of the Military Road that once ran between American and English Camps. Learn how the old road was initially cut by laborers employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company to seek pasturage for The Company’s flocks that expanded into thousands of head. Following the Pig War crisis of 1859, British Royal Marines and U.S. Army soldiers expanded the road to enhance communications and maintain the peace during the 12-year joint military occupation. The road served as a vital conduit for settlement and commerce as well, eventually birthing the county roads we use today.

Image Caption: Many of the same techniques used to survey and cut a track along the 49th parallel (above) were used to construct the Military Road on San Juan Island.

Masks Required

Starts: May 15, 2021

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Meet at the new visitor center at South Beach
Contact Person:: Author and historian Mike Vouri


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