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Ghost Town Tuesday; Dungeness, WA

Back in 2012 I visited Dungeness which is located north of Sequim at the tip of the Olympic Peninsula of Clallam County, Washington.


Dungeness is located on the Dungeness River which empties into Dungeness Bay.  Dungeness Bay is separated from the Strait of Juan de Fuca by the 6.8 mile long Dungeness Spit.  The area was first discovered by Spanish explorers in 1790 but was named in 1792 by British explorers who thought it resembled the English Dungeness headland.

Dungeness as a community got it start from a 1848 fishery which hauled the Dungeness Crab.  There isn't much to the community aside from sea side homes and abandoned buildings along the Dungeness River.  My primary interest in the community was viewing Dungeness Bay and checking out the Dungeness Schoolhouse which was constructed in 1892.







The Dungeness Schoolhouse was opened in 1893 and had a first year enrollment of 63 students.  High School classes lasted at the Dungeness Schoolhouse until 1923 and all classes ceased at the building by 1955.  The Schoolhouse was purchased by Dungeness Community Club following it's closure and it was eventually added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Along Dungeness Bay there was apparently a large eatery called the 3 Crabs which existed for over half a century.  There wasn't much left to be found on 3 Crabs Road during my visit aside from some ruins and some scenic views of Dungeness Bay.








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