Fodor's Expert Review Fire Bell Tower

Port Townsend Building/Architectural Site

Set high along the bay-side bluffs, the tower is recognizable by its pyramid shape and red paint job. Built in 1890 to hold a 1,500-pound brass alarm bell, the 75-foot wooden structure was once the key alert center for local volunteer firemen. A century later it's considered one of the state's most valuable historic structures. Reach the tower by climbing the steep set of stairs behind Haller Fountain at the end of Taylor Street. The tenth-of-an-acre plot also holds a park bench and five parking spots.

Building/Architectural Site Historic District/Site Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook Local Interest–Sight

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Port Townsend, Washington  98368, USA

360-385–1003

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