Since I decided to travel around the perimeter of this country, I thought it appropriate to seek out the furthest corners. Cape Flattery marks the spot of the most Northwestern point in the contiguous states. (I understand the most Northern spot is somewhere in Minnesota – I will check that out some time this summer)
Cape Flattery is the oldest permanently named feature in Washington state, being described and named by James Cook. on March 22, 1778. Cook wrote: “… there appeared to be a small opening which flattered us with the hopes of finding an harbour … On this account I called the point of land to the north of it Cape Flattery.
In 1834, the first Japanese persons known to have set foot on what is now Washington state arrived in a dismasted, rudderless ship that ran aground near Cape Flattery. The three survivors of the broken ship were held as slaves by the local Makah people. When William H. McNeill learned about them, he took them to British authorities at Fort Vancouver, under orders from John McLoughlin of the Hudson Bay Company which controlled the site.[
Check out my Places Page for more pictures from Cape Flattery, and my Critters page to see some of the birds that let me capture their picture