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Charles Terry homesteads site of Alki business district on May 1, 1852.

On May 1, 1852, Charles C. Terry (1829-1867) officially homesteads on Alki Point. Many decades later, on this site, a West Seattle business district known as the Alki starts operating at about the in...

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Bishop Demers holds Seattle's first Christian religious ceremony on August 22, 1852.

On August 22, 1852, at the invitation of Arthur Denny (1822-1899), visiting Bishop Modeste Demers (1809-1871) celebrates Mass in Henry Yesler's sawmill cookhouse. Although the town has no Catholic set...

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The Columbian, Washington's first newspaper, is published in Olympia on September 11, 1852.

On September 11, 1852, The Columbian, Washington's first newspaper, is published in Olympia. Washington is not yet a territory, much less a state, and Olympia is identified in the paper's front-page b...

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Captain Ulysses S. Grant arrives at Columbia (later Vancouver) Barracks on September 20, 1852.

On September 20, 1852, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), then a 30-year-old Brevet Captain, later a famed Civil War general and United States President, arrives with the 4th Infantry regiment at Columbia ...

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Seattle Beginnings: first Seattle Post Office opens on October 12, 1852.

The opening of a post office is an important marker of the beginning of a community. On October 12, 1852, the first Seattle Post Office is established. Arthur A. Denny (1822-1899) is appointed postmas...

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Henry Yesler arrives in Seattle on October 20, 1852.

On October 20, 1852, Henry Yesler (1810-1892) arrives in Seattle. He had come from Ohio via California and Portland, and was seeking a suitable site for a steam-powered mill. The land on the Elliott B...

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Seattle appears in print for the first time on October 30, 1852.

On October 30, 1852, the Olympia newspaper The Columbian prints an advertisement for Dr. David S. Maynard's store, the "Seattle Exchange." This (and a notice in the same issue about Henry Yesler's saw...

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Yesler's Mill, the first steam-powered sawmill on Puget Sound, is under construction in Seattle on October 30, 1852.

On October 30, 1852, the Olympia newspaper The Columbian reports that "a new steam mill is in process of erection by Mr. H. L. Yesler [Henry Yesler] at Seattle." The region's first steam-powered saw m...

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Henry Roeder and Russell Peabody establish Whatcom Mill on Bellingham Bay in December 1852.

In December 1852, Captain Henry Roeder and Captain Russell V. Peabody establish Whatcom Mill on Bellingham Bay. It is one of the first American settlements at what will become the city of Bellingham.

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Oregon Territorial Legislature creates King County and names Seattle county seat on December 22, 1852.

On December 22, 1852, the Oregon Territorial Legislature approves creation of King County and names Seattle as the seat of its government. The legislation is sponsored by Col. Isaac Ebey (1818-1857) t...

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Oregon Territorial Legislature creates Pierce County on December 22, 1852.

On December 22, 1852, the Oregon Territorial legislature in Salem creates Pierce County. It does so by partitioning off a portion of Thurston County. Pierce County, along with Island, Jefferson, Kin...

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Manuel Lopes (1812-?), Seattle's first black citizen, arrives in 1852.

Manuel Lopes (1812-?), Seattle's first black citizen, arrives in 1852. Lopes is a barber and his barbershop is the village's first black-owned business. He plays the snare drum, and is known for hi...

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