Captain George Vancouver’s expedition left England in 1791 in the ships Discovery and Chatham to explore the Northwest Coast of North America. Vancouver sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, explored the South Pacific, and wintered in the Hawaiian Islands, before reaching the Northwest Coast in April 1792.
Captain Robert Gray, born in Tiverton, Rhode Island, in 1755, was on his second fur trading voyage to the Northwest. Two days before encountering Gray, Vancouver sailed past the mouth of the Columbia. Like Gray, he noted signs indicating a river flowing into the ocean. However, Vancouver relied on the reports of an English captain named John Meares, who investigated the purported river mouth in 1788 and concluded decisively (though wrongly) that no such river existed.
By April 1792, Vancouver’s expedition had entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca and commenced his exploration of Puget Sound and making maps of the regions he explored. Vancouver named the features he encountered for his friends, patrons, crewmembers, and even his ships. He named every island, mountain, waterway, and point of land in sight -- 75 in all.
After leaving the river, Gray continued trading north up the coast. In late June, his ship, Columbia, was damaged in a storm, and he spent a month at Nootka on Vancouver Island, repairing it. Vancouver also visited Nootka, saw Gray's chart, and recognized his error. In October 1792, Vancouver sent William Broughton in the Chatham, with a copy of Gray's chart, to explore the Columbia River. Broughton sailed farther up the river than Gray had, charting and naming many features along the way. Broughton named a point Vancouver located on the north shore of the lower Columbia in honor of his commander.
The Olympic Peninsula is one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in the country. With its tall timber, abundant wildlife and vast water resources it’s no wonder that the early settlers chose this location to start a new life. The communities of the Olympic Peninsula are as diverse as its weather. Some depend on the lumber industry and others on the fishing industry while still other communities have become national Historic Sites depending on tourism. The Olympic Rainforest can get 12 feet of rain a year where as Sequim, only 100 miles away receives less than 15” of rainfall annually. But they all have one thing in common; most of these communities have a history of paranormal activity and lots of ghost stories to tell.
PIHA, Paranormal Investigations of Historic America (www.pihausa.com ), was created specifically for paranormal investigations of public historic sites and museums that have a history of paranormal activity. PIHA is in the process of creating a series of DVD's that feature the museums, public historical sites and communities in Washington State. There are three regions in Washington State that will be featured. The first region is "Western Washington", the second is "The Olympic Peninsula" and the third region is "Eastern Washington".
PIHA is made up of a small group of experienced, dedicated paranormal investigators who have a passion for history and an interest in the phenomena of the possible existence of paranormal activity. Our approach, equipment and procedures for paranormal investigating is primarily based on the use of technologically advanced electronic equipment and scientific logic in obtaining evidence of possible paranormal activity.
On behalf of the volunteer paranormal investigators of PIHA, I invite you to experience Washington State's amazing historical sites and museums like never before. Through our process of networking with local historical societies, museums and registered, public historical sites, PIHA hopes to encourage public interest in Washington State's exciting history and the process and technology utilized in scientific paranormal investigations.
PIHA was created with two goals in mind:
1. PIHA hopes to bring Washington State’s history to life by attempting to obtain significant evidence of these strange occurrences. Utilizing the latest in today's electronic technology and dedicated paranormal investigators, we are accomplishing this objective, one public historical site at a time.
2. PIHA wants to stimulate additional interest in residents and visitors to Washington State's fascinating history. Our goal is to encourage individuals, families, schools and community organizations to visit these (and other) historical locations for a better understanding of our state's history and the people who made it and maybe have a personal paranormal experience along he way!
PIHA is not out to prove or disprove the existence of possible paranormal activity, but to publish any significant evidence collected at an investigation. Many people who think that something paranormal exist, physics and logic can debunk. That said, occasionally PIHA obtains evidence that neither physics nor logic applies. When this occurs, we classify it as paranormal evidence and let each individual decide for himself what to believe or not believe.
Wherever your travels in Washington take you, best wishes for a "Trip to the Extraordinary".