The San Juan Islands of Washington state, located where Puget Sound, the Straits
of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia meet, were once a bone of contention between the U.S. and Great
On June 15, 1859, American settler Lyman Cutlar
shot a pig that belonged to Englishman Charles Griffin of the
Hudson's Bay Company, starting the infamous Pig War (the prize Berkshire Boar was
the only causality).
For 12 years, San Juan Island was jointly
occupied by US and British forces. This ended on October 21,
1872, when Keiser Wilhelm I of Germany declared that the San Juan
Today, the two camps occupies by both British and
American forces are National Parks, and twice a year Living
history Events are held at the camps, one early in the year at
American Camp and one later in the year at British Camp. Ron
Garner --aka Blacksmith Ron-- has been taking pictures at both
events now since 1999.
In 2004, he gave the Living
Historians who help make the 2 camps come to life each year a
set of these pictures. With his most generous permission, we
are sharing those pictures with you.
At Encampment in 2007, he gave us another set of pictures.
Very soon they shall be available here for your viewing pleasure.
pictures are copyrighted. If you would like information
you can get copies, please
GALLERY: A STUDY IN LIVING HISTORY
of 700 or so Images~