East Beach, Lake Crescent
Clallam County, Washington
A wagon road was constructed in the 1890ís from Port Angeles to East Beach at the east
end of Lake Crescent. The wagon road was improved for automobile use by 1911. The above
scene, published by 1916, shows the ferry dock, which prior to the 1920's was the terminus
of the road from Port Angeles. The roof of the 1½ -story building shown in the
photographs below is also visible behind the shorter snags in the center foreground of
this scene. The exact same snags are visible behind the house in two of the scenes below,
if observed very closely.
This scene of the East Beach Hotel is from an old hand-tinted enlarged photograph,
which probably dates from about the early 1920's. The East Beach Hotel was started by
Frank P. Fisher at East Beach, on the east end of Lake Crescent. In 1909 Frank Fisher
replaced his earlier small log cabin with this 1½ -story frame constructed main
building. The operation of the East Beach Hotel was taken over by William and Betty
Lenoir by the early 1920's. The Lenoir's further developed the East Beach accomodations,
before relocating to Fairholm at
the west end of the lake, in the mid 1930's. This scene appears to have been photographed
from the ferry dock shown in the top image.
This close-up of the East Beach Hotel appears to have been photographed about the
same year as the previous scene. Both scenes were probably photographed by about the
early 1920's. The small sign hanging over the front porch entrance says East Beach
Hotel. Old handwriting along a bottom white border on this photograph says “East
Beach, The Home of The Boiled Dinner”.
This scene was photographed probably a few years later than the previous two scenes,
as is evident by the slightly larger trees and shrubs and by the addition built onto
the south end of the hotel. William and Betty Lenoir likely planted the fruit trees
which can be seen flowering in this photograph. This scene also appears to have been
photographed from the ferry dock shown in the top image. The East Beach Hotel no
longer exists and a lone fruit tree is all that remains.
This scene, photographed by 1922, shows the side-wheeler ferry Storm King approaching the
East Beach ferry dock, at the east end of Lake Crescent. Clallam County ferry service on
Lake Crescent was discontinued after the Olympic Highway was completed along the south
shore of the lake in 1922.