Isaac Ebey is the first permanent U.S. settler on Whidbey Island on October 15, 1850.

  • By Patrick McRoberts
  • Posted 2/26/2003
  • Essay 5300

On October 15, 1850, Col. Isaac N. Ebey (1818-1857) files a claim on Whidbey Island under the Donation Land Law, less than a month after its passage. Col. Ebey's claim is located in an area later called Ebey's Prairie, west of the future town of Coupeville. Ebey's Landing, the coastal area of the property, is on the west shore of the island.



Dorothy Neil and Lee Brainerd, By Canoe and Sailing Ship They Came: A History of Whidbey Island (Oak Harbor: Spindrift Publishing Company, 1989), 7.

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