CAPE FLATTERY is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United
States . It is in
Clallam County, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula
, where the
Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the
Pacific Ocean . It is
also part of the
Makah Reservation , and is the northern boundary of
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary .
Cape Flattery can be
reached from a short hike, most of which is boardwalked. The
westernmost point in the contiguous United States is at
Cape Alava ,
Cape Flattery in
Olympic National Park . However, the
westernmost tip of
Cape Flattery is almost exactly as far west as Cape
Alava, the difference being approximately 5 seconds of longitude,
about 360 feet (110 m), at high tide and somewhat more at low tide.
Cape Flattery Lighthouse is on
Tatoosh Island , just off the
Makah Bay and Neah Bay are on either side of the cape. Neah Bay,
Washington is the closest town to the cape.
* 1 History
* 1.2 Japanese castaways in 1834
* 2 Fuca Pillar
* 3 Literary references
* 4 Notes
Cape Flattery is the oldest permanently named feature in Washington
state, being described and named by
James Cook on March 22, 1778. Cook
wrote: "... there appeared to be a small opening which flattered us
with the hopes of finding an harbour ... On this account I called the
point of land to the north of it Cape Flattery."
JAPANESE CASTAWAYS IN 1834
In 1834, the first Japanese known to have arrived in what is now
Washington state arrived in a dismasted, rudderless ship that ran
aground near Cape Flattery. The three survivors of the broken ship
were held as slaves by the local
Makah people before being taken to
Fort Vancouver by William H. McNeill under orders from John McLoughlin
Fuca Pillar at Cape Flattery, the northwest extremity of the
FUCA PILLAR is a tall, almost rectangular, rock on the west side of
Cape Flattery. It is named after
Juan de Fuca
Juan de Fuca , a Greek sailor who
explored for Spain. Fuca has a doubtful claim to being the first
European explorer to see the Fuca Pillar and to explore the Strait of
Juan de Fuca
Juan de Fuca , also named for him. The first generally accepted
mention of the pillar was by
John Meares in 1788.
The novel When Wolf Comes by John Pappas is set in
Cape Flattery in
1801. Parts of the novel
Freaky Green Eyes by
Joyce Carol Oates are
set here in present day.
Ma and Pa Kettle
Ma and Pa Kettle movies were set in Cape Flattery.
The children's novel Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs is set on Tatoosh
Island and Neah Bay in 1874.
D.G. Driver's novel Echo of the Cliffs, the third in the trilogy of
the Juniper Sawfeather series of novels, has parts of the novel that
take place at
Cape Flattery and Fuca Pillar.
* ^ "
Cape Flattery Trail". Makah Tribe. Retrieved 11 September
* ^ Logan, Jeff (2010). "
Cape Flattery trail". North Olympic
Peninsula Insider. Archived from the original on 9 November 2000.
Retrieved 11 September 2010.