From the Oregon State Parks website: Battery Russell was a later addition to a large military installation built in the 19th century to defend the mouth of the Columbia River.
Fort Stevens, which dates back to the Civil War, protected the Oregon side of the river, while Fort Columbia and Fort Canby stood guard on the Washington side. Together, these three forts comprised the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia. Battery Russell was constructed between 1903 and 1904 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps.
It was one of nine concrete gun batteries (emplacements for cannon or heavy artillery) built at Fort Stevens to conceal and protect mounted guns from enemy ships. Battery Russell was named for Brigadier General David A. Russell, who served with the U.S. 4th Infantry Regiment in the Oregon Territory and commanded Fort Yamhill before he was killed in action during the Civil War.
Oregon isn’t just a pretty face.
This facility was armed with two 10-inch “disappearing guns” whose barrels could retract from view into the gun pits to provide cover Brigadier General David A. Russell for soldiers while they reloaded. Each gun was manned by a team of 35 men. A well-trained gun crew could fire a 600-pound shell once every minute with an effective range of eight miles.
There were a lot of stairs to climb but after sitting in the van for several hours it was good exercise!
I really enjoyed all the weathered and graffitied concrete.
I see “art” everywhere I go and I could envision this as a piece in a modern art gallery!
Who was/is Jaden? I want to know!
I love these stairs enhanced with the straw… without the dry grass this would not be as interesting, what do you think?
The color scheme here is perfect. The punch of the purple makes the picture.
And my favorite photo from Battery Russell. Look at the play of light and the textures. I am thinking about Johannes Vermeer. Art is everywhere if you know where to look!
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