Fort Tilton

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Fort Tilton (1856-1856) - First established in February 1856 during the Yakima Indian War by the Northern Battalion, Washington Territorial Volunteers (WTV), in King County, Washington. Named after Major James Tilton, Adjutant General of the WTV. Abandoned in 1856.

Fort Tilton History

Construction began in February 1856 and the fort was occupied in March 1856. The post included a blockhouse and enough buildings so that it could served as the headquarters and main supply depot of the Northern Battalion, WTV during the Yakima Indian War. Several surrounding outposts were built by troops from Fort Tilton and they were under the command of Fort Tilton. The post was abandoned in late 1856 at the end of the emergency period of the Yakima Indian War.

Current Status

Marker only (was swept away in 2009 flooding but may have been replaced by now).

Location: Snoqualmie River, King County, Washington.

Maps & Images

Lat: 47.555087 Long: -121.855325


  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 837
  • Hart, Herbert M., Tour Guide to Old Western Forts, Pruett Publishing Co., Boulder CO, 1980, ISBN 0-87108-568-2, page 189
  • Whiting, J.S., Forts of the State of Washington: A record of Military and Semi-Military Establishments Designated as Forts, Kelly Printing Company, Seattle, Second Edition, 1951, page 102-103


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