100 Years of Tourism in Clallam County

100 Years of Tourism in Clallam County

Then and Now


Klahane Club

  • The Klahane Club is a member-based hiking group primarily in the Sequim – Port Angele area. They hike year-round in the Olympic Mountains and other destinations around the North Olympic Peninsula. There are several hikes per week, varying in difficulty from mild to strenuous. The Club maintains a rustic clubhouse, where it meets during warm months. One hundred years of appreciation and exploration of the Olympic  wilderness. 

  • For information about joining this well-established hiking group, click here.


Clallam County Court House

  • The iconic Clallam County Court House turns 100. Keep checking this web page for updates for commemoration activities.

  • The local area, including Port Angeles itself, is steeped in history as a logging center of the Olympic Peninsula. The whole Port Angeles downtown area was raised one story in the early 1900s and many older buildings were lost until the remains were recently discovered and are undergoing a remarkable renovation. This underground area provides an insight into the past living conditions and that includes the discovery of one of the brothels and a link to a darker side of Port Angeles.

  • For more information and to make arrangements to tour the underground, click here.

Lake Crescent Lodge

  • Check back to find out what celebrations are scheduled for toasting 100 years of visitors (and locals!) staying at 'Singer's Lake Crescent Tavern'. The Lodge echoes the history of visitors coming to enjoy our natural beauty. Here's a link to Lake Crescent Lodge on Wikipedia.









Joyce Railroad Depot Museum

  • The original log train depot built in 1915, is home to the Joyce Museum.  Housing historical memorabilia from the towns of Joyce, Lake Crescent, Twin Rivers and the former town of Port Crescent you will find yourself surrounded by the rich history of the area.  The many displays of various artifacts are but a small part of what makes this museum stand out. 

  • Step inside the Joyce Museum and have a look around.  Photographs and newspaper clippings from past eras intermingle with many donated artifacts. Discover some of the forgotten events that shaped this region for better and or for worse, but kept visitors returning over and over again.  

  • The photo above is of some of the tools that were used during the operation of the Elwha Dam. The tools are now in the museum after the deconstruction of the two dams that were put up over 100 years ago.

Dungeness River Center and Railroad Bridge Park

  • Take a stroll around the Dungeness River Audubon Center and see the 100-year-old railroad bridge over the Dungeness River.
  • As of 3/23/2015, the western trestle of the bridge has been damaged due to a huge spring rain storm and flooding river. There is an effort to repair the bridge as soon as possible. Until then, there is a detour for the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Clallam County Historical Society

  • The Clallam County Historical Society will have other information about local celebrations. Watch this web page for more details.
  • Check out the Clallalm County Historical Society's web page! There are some old photos of life on the peninsula for locals and tourists!

Dungeness Wildlife Refuge

A summary of events for Dungeness 100:  Celebrating 100 years of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

  • January 17 (Sat.): 1-3 p.m. Kick-off birthday celebration in the Red Cedar Hall, Jamestown Tribal Complex with birthday cake and an illustrated presentation of the history of the Refuge.
  • February 21 (Sat.): 9-11 a.m. Winter bird walk on the Refuge led by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society
  • March 14 (Sat.): 1-3 p.m. A presentation about the New Dungeness Light House by a member of the New Dungeness Lighthouse Society at the Unitarian Church.
  • April 18 (Sat.): 9-11 a.m. Spring bird walk on the Refuge led by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society
  • May 16 (Sat.): 1-3 p.m. Presentation by the Coastal Watershed Institute at the Dungeness River Audubon Center
  • June 20 (Sat.): 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  KID’S DAY at the Refuge.  Many hands-on activities.
  • July 18 (Sat.): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Geology walks on the Refuge.
  • August 15 (Sat.): Shorebird walk led by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society.  Time will depend on the tides.
  • Sept. 25-26: Joint celebration of 100 years with the Dungeness River Bridge and Klahane Hike Club as part of the annual Riverfest at the Dungeness River Audubon Center.
  • Nov. 21 (Sat.): 9-11 a.m. Migratiing waterfowl walk on the Refuge led by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society.


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