The U.S. Army built the fort in the late 19th century,

Restored buildings and historical displays provide a glimpse into the fort's military era. The original barracks and commanding officer's house still stand, along with some of the other buildings on officers' row. The enlisted men's barracks at Fort Columbia serve as a historical interpretive center.

Fort Columbia is on U.S. Highway 101, two miles southeast of Chinook, Wash., at the west end of the highway tunnel. There are 26 picnic sites, restrooms and parking, but no camping. For more information, call (360) 642-3078 or (360) 777-8221.