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Maritime and Military

When it was discovered that the Pacific Northwest conveniently had the resources, trees and water access to support the gold rush in California, our maritime history began. Today, locations such as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park are dedicated to this very important component of Northwest history. Or take a more hands-on approach to a historic craft at The Center for Wooden Boats. The military influence is also prominent in the Pacific Northwest, in part due to our access to deep water ports. A number of museums honor the valiant efforts of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard throughout the region’s history. Many army and naval bases have additional museums; open to those with military I.D.


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Museum of Flight

The Personal Courage Wing at the Museum of Flight. See the planes and artifacts that helped forge the history of a century and learn how that history shaped our world today.