Located on the northern Oregon coast at the mouth of the Columbia River, is Fort Stevens State Park.It is full of beauty, history and—according to legend—ghosts.
Fort Stevens may be a camp ground,but it is much more then that.This abandoned military fort is said to be haunted by the ghost of at least one soldier who wanders the grounds at night. Visitors have reported many strange (and startling) occurrences, including hearing disembodied voices and footsteps, seeing ghosts in full army gear who vanish when approached, and the eerie sensation that they were not a lone. Upon may peoples visits the stories of such occurrences have been recorded.
The park’s land was acquired between 1955 and 1974. Close to 790 acres were given to the state by Clatsop County between 1955 and 1960. Other lands were acquired by gifts, leases, and purchases from the county, local school district, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a private landowner. The original earthen fort, completed in 1865 to protect the mouth of the Columbia River from Confederate gun boats and the British Navy during the Civil War, was named for Union Army Major General Isaac I. Stevens, first territorial governor of Washington, who died in 1862 at the Battle of Chantilly. The post later served as Oregon’s only coastal defense fort during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. The fort has the distinction of being the only military fort in the United States to be fired upon by an enemy during time of war since the War of 1812, when it was attacked by a Japanese submarine on June 21, 1942.