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Battery 246, Powder Room - Fort Columbia State Park, Washington
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Construction of Battery 246 was started in 1944, but with the end of World War II the guns were removed and the battery was deactivated having never been fully completed. During the Cold War, the battery was used as a Civil Defense Shelter, and in 1994 the two guns now on display - same model as were originally in place - were obtained by Washington State Parks from Fort Argentia in Canada.

Fort Columbia was built in 1900 and served as part of the Harbor Defense of the Columbia River until it's closure in 1947.  In addition to many of the original wood-frame buildings, 4 of the original gun batteries are also present, including Battery 246 with it's WWII era guns.

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Uploaded: 21/10/2013
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