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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 1942.06.01
Object Name Key
Description One large iron caselock key for warehouse lock. Found in the ruins of the original Fort Colvile, near Spokane, WA, after the fort was burned down. Fort Colvile was abandoned in 1871 when Hudson Bay Company operations moved northward into Canada. The Chief Factor at the time, Angus McDonald, left the company and stayed on to homestead the fort lands. The remaining buildings from Fort Colvile burned in 1910, but it is unclear if this key was found in those ruins or was recovered from the remains of an earlier fire. This is the correct style for an HBC case or warehouse lock. Measures 4 3/4 inches long, 1 3/4 inches wide at widest part of handle. The three teeth measure 1 3/8 inches long, including the thick handle.
Date Mid-19th century
Search Terms Key
Fort Colville
Fort Colvile
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