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Huelsdonk, John (1866-1946), "Iron Man of the Hoh," and Dora (1863-1947)

John Huelsdonk and his wife, Dora (Wolff) Huelsdonk, were the first settlers on the Hoh River and the Olympic Peninsula's most famous pioneers. Huelsdonk's homestead, claimed in 1891, was on the west ...

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Jewish Community of Spokane

The first synagogue in the state opened in Spokane in 1892, but the city's Jewish history began even before the little village of Spokane Falls existed. In 1879, Indians told Simon Berg, the first kno...

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John Luther Murray: Synopsis of My Life

John Luther Murray (1859-1949), a longtime resident of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Northwest Washington, served as auditor and treasurer of San Juan County, as a state legislator, and as mayor...

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Journey from Puyallup to east Lewis County (1885): A Reminiscence

This is an account by Gus A. Temple of a March 1885 journey from Puyallup (in present-day Pierce County) to Davis Lake Valley in east Lewis County near present-day Morton. Temple was 14 years old at t...

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Juanita Beach Park (Kirkland)

Juanita Beach Park, located along Juanita Bay in Kirkland, has been a popular summer destination for most of a century. Originally settled by Dorr and Eliza Forbes, the park blossomed as a resort in t...

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Judson, Phoebe (1831-1926)

Phoebe Judson was the first non-Indian woman to settle in the Lynden area (in northern Whatcom County) and became known as the "Mother of Lynden" during the half century that she lived there. Born in ...

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La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum (Gaches Mansion)

In 1891 Washington pioneer George Gaches and his wife, Louisa Wiggin Gaches, built a splendid 22-room home on a rocky ridge above the town of LaConner in Skagit County. It survives today as the Gaches...

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Lake Union (Seattle) Tour

This is a tour of Seattle's historic South Lake Union neighborhood, including the Cascade neighborhood and portions of the Denny Regrade. It was written and curated by Paula Becker with the assistance...

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Larrabee, Charles Xavier (1843-1914)

Charles Larrabee wasn't the founder of Fairhaven (which later became part of Bellingham), but in many ways he might as well have been. He was one of a handful of people who made the community's e...

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Lopes, Manuel (1812-?)

Manuel Lopes arrived in Seattle in 1852, and operated a barbershop equipped with the first barber chair to be brought around Cape Horn. He was Seattle's first black resident, businessman, and property...

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Low, John Nathan (1820-1888) and Lydia Low (d. 1901)

In the summer of 1851, John Nathan Low, his wife Lydia Low, and their four children passed the Arthur Denny party just before Fort Laramie on the Oregon Trail. The Dennys caught up with the fast-paced...

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Maynard, Catherine Broshears (1816-1906), Seattle Pioneer

Catherine Simmons Broshears Maynard was an energetic Seattle pioneer. She assisted her husband David (Doc) Maynard (1808-1873) in his several enterprises, including Seattle's first hospital. Many ...

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Maynard, Dr. David Swinson (1808-1873)

David S. "Doc" Maynard was a colorful and influential figure in King County's early history. Historian Bill Speidel anointed him "The Man Who Invented Seattle." On the advice of Chief Seattle, Maynard...

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McLoughlin, John (1784-1857)

John McLoughlin was once the most powerful man in the Pacific Northwest. As Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia District from 1824 until 1846, he ruled a domain that stretched from the...

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Meeker, Ezra (1830-1928)

Ezra Meeker (1830-1928) was a Washington pioneer, successful hops farmer, merchant, and an influential advocate for preserving the Oregon Trail. With his wife Eliza Jane Sumner Meeker (1834-1909) he ...

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Milestones for Washington State History -- Part 1: Prehistory to 1850

This is a brief chronology of the milestones of Washington history. Part 1 begins at prehistorical times and goes to 1850. Search the HistoryLink.org database for detailed essays on these events.

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, located on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, was started in 1879. Among the notable persons buried there are pioneers William and Sarah Bell. Other burials include the labor mart...

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Nagle, John H. (1830-1897)

John H. Nagle was a Seattle pioneer whose 161-acre donation land claim is now part of the Broadway neighborhood on Capitol Hill. He was born in Germany. His family emigrated first to Hagerstown, Maryl...

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O. O. Denny Park

O. O. Denny Park, named for Orion Denny (1853-1916), son of Seattle founder Arthur Denny, is located on Finn Hill, northwest of Juanita, on the Eastside of Lake Washington. The property was Orion's co...

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Peavine Jimmy aka James Walton (1830-1902)

An old crib-style log building stands near the confluence of the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers, not far from the site of the original Spokane House fur-trading post. When that post was established...

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Pioneer Association of the State of Washington

In 1871, King County formed a local pioneer association that became the genesis of a wider organization. In 1883, a number of settlers met in Olympia, Washington, to form a Territorial pioneer associa...

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Pioneer Women of Seattle

This account of the women members of the Denny Party, founders of Seattle, was contributed by Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011). The five women members of the party were Mary Ann Denny, her sister, Loui...

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Plante, Antoine (ca. 1812-1890)

The life of Antoine Plante -- voyageur, trapper, mountaineer, and ferry keeper -- spanned the period from the fur trade era to the white settlement of the Inland Northwest and the resulting tribal dis...

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Plummer, Charles (?-1866)

Charles Plummer arrived in the village of Seattle in 1853 and opened a store. Later, he co-owned a sawmill and a coal mine, started the town's first brickyard, constructed a waterworks, built a livery...

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