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Parade Ground - Fort Simcoe State Park, Washington
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In the 1850's, conflicts arose between the Indians and the newly arrived American and European miners and settlers. In response to these problems, the Army built Fort SImcoe on this site approximately 35 miles southwest of the city of Yakima, Washington. Construction began in 1856, and the fort served as an advanced post of the Ninth Infantry Regiment until 1859 when it was turned over to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Indian Agency provided services to the Reservation Indians from reading and writing to trade skills. During this period some of the fort buildings were removed while other agency structures were constructed. In 1923 the Indian Agency moved to Toppenish and although the fort was abandoned, efforts soon began to preserve it. Restoration projects by an Indian Civilian Conservation Corps crew in the 1930's saved some of the fort structures. In 1953, the land was leased to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission from the Yakima Nation.
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