Fort Townsend Historical State Park on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula offers a campground, forested trails, and coastline beach access. Spread among its network of paths is also history.

The “Torpedo Tower” was built during World War II for the US Navy Explosives Laboratory. Enemy submarine torpedoes and sea mines were inspected here to learn their secrets, using a 2 million volt x-ray machine that could penetrate through 10 inches of steel. The building also inspected ship propeller shafts to determine any weaknesses. Later, the x-ray machine was moved to Bremerton Naval Shipyard. You can walk through the building and feel the history there.

Fort Townsend Historical State Park US Navy Torpedo Tower x-ray building

Fort Townsend Historical State Park Navy Torpedo Tower