San Juan Island National
PO Box 429
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
WELCOME to San Juan Island
National Historical Park
San Juan Island is well known for splendid
vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands and orca whales. But it was
also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly
went to war over a dead pig.
Come and celebrate where Great Britain and
United States demonstrated that it is possible for individuals and
nations to settle their differences peacefully without resorting to
It was a near run thing in July 1859, when
Capt. George E. Pickett landed on San Juan Island with his 60
soldiers intent on protecting the rights of American citizens from
British authorities. Fortunately the only being injured in this
"Pig War" was the pig.
While the boundary dispute is perhaps the
best-known period in island history--and is colorfully interpreted
throughout the year--the park today preserves and protects a rich
environment of prairie, forest, shoreline and sea that cannot be
separated from the area�s 3,000-year human history.
As the largest tract of public land on San
Juan Island, the park has more than six miles of public shoreline
and is also a primary destination of hikers with a network of trails
exploring woodlands, prairie and uplands. As a stop along the
Pacific flyway, the park also provides temporary homes for more than
200 species of migratory birds.
Getting to the island to enjoy all these
features requires some effort, however, especially during the summer
months. These pages provide a starting point for planning your trip.
If you have any questions along the way, please contact us via the
"Contact" link provided in the left margin of this page.
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