What’s the deal with Port Angeles being a “Federal City”, the only one in the U.S. besides Washington, DC?
From googling, I determined that Abraham Lincoln declared it a federal city and it would serve as the nation’s Capital in the event of some major national tragedy. Not sure exactly what else the designation entailed, or whether the US ever held the land as a separate district, outside the bounds of what is now the state of Washington.
But what sort of national tragedy was imagined in Lincoln’s time to porvoke this action? A rogue meteor, early discovery of nuclear weapons, swarms of mutant rabid possums??
And why was Port Angeles chosen as the backup national capital over a larger or more central town? It is a pretty small, unassuming (but beautiful) town even today!
Also, does Port Angeles still have “Federal City” designation? If not, is there another city with “backup Capital” designation?