Port Townsend Postcards


These are some of the postcards I’ve collected of Port Townsend, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. One of the cool things about our town is how many buildings survive from the 1800s. Unfortunately, a lot of beautiful buildings have been lost, and in a number of cases, upper stories were removed from buildings such as our City Hall.

Historic Postcards

Downtown Port Townsend with City Hall at left and The Leader Building right of center

Looking east on Water Street, perhaps early 1940s (both corner buildings survive)

Corner of Lawrence and Mapel (sic), now Tyler; Aldrich’s Market at right (burned 2003)

Haller Fountain, where this bartender made trout jump through a hoop

The Jefferson County Courthouse

“Toadstool” bench at Chetzemoka Park

Hastings Building

Looking up Taylor Street, you can see Haller Fountain (aka Galatea)

Mount Baker Block Building as viewed from Hastings Building

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Port Townsend’s historic Bell Tower is visible in this photo; Union Wharf is at right

Union Wharf was a bustling place (in the distance are Marrowstone and Indian islands)

The ferry Defiance at the old ferry dock at the foot of Quincy Street

Downtown Port Townsend circa 1950; Indian Point in foreground

Looking east on Water Street (circa 1907-1915); sign at right reads “shooting gallery”

The Customs House has served as the Port Townsend Post Office since 1893

Jefferson County Courthouse with the Eisenbeis Hotel (left) and St. John’s Hospital (right)