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Oregon volunteers battle Yakamas and Klickitats along Satus Creek on April 10, 1856.

On April 10, 1856, Yakamas and Klickitats under Kamiakin (ca. 1800-1877) ambush Oregon volunteers under Colonel Thomas Cornelius along Satus Creek near what will be the boundary between Klickitat and ...

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Governor Isaac Stevens ejects Judge Edward Lander from his court under martial law on May 12, 1856.

On May 12, 1856, Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens (1818-1862) uses martial law and militia officers to eject Judge Edward M. Lander (1816-1907) from his court. This is Washington's first civil right...

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Washington Territorial Volunteers kill 50 Cayuse in the Grande Ronde Valley on July 17, 1856.

On July 17, 1856, Washington Territorial Volunteers under Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin F. Shaw attack a camp of Cayuse Indians in the Grande Ronde Valley in Oregon Territory. Shaw had been assigned to ...

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United States establishes Fort Simcoe at the foot of the Simcoe Mountains on August 8, 1856.

In August 1856, U.S. Army Colonel George Wright (1803-1865) establishes Fort Simcoe at the foot of the Simcoe Mountains about 30 miles west of what will become Toppenish, in the future Yakima County. ...

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Captain George Pickett begins construction of Fort Bellingham on August 26, 1856.

On August 26, 1856, U.S. Army Captain George Pickett (1825-1875) arrives on Bellingham Bay from Fort Steilacoom to construct a military installation. Pickett's job is to build a fort that will deter t...

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Governor Isaac Stevens convenes Second Walla Walla Council on September 11, 1856.

On September 11, 1856, Governor Isaac Stevens (1819-1862) convenes the Second Walla Walla Council with Native American tribes to end hostilities and to extinguish their title to their lands. The tribe...

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Two soldiers rob the Fort Bellingham store on November 11, 1856.

On November 11, 1856, two soldiers from the recently established Fort Bellingham steal more than $160 worth of clothes from the Warbass sutlery (the fort's store) located next to the fort. The two men...

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Nisqually Chief Quiemuth is murdered in Olympia on November 19, 1856.

In the early-morning hours of November 19, 1856, Nisqually Chief Quiemuth (d. 1856), a half-brother of Chief Leschi (1808-1858), is murdered in Oympia. Both Leschi and Quiemuth had fought white settle...

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Sisters of Providence arrive at Fort Vancouver on December 8, 1856.

On December 8, 1856, five Sisters of Providence, Roman Catholic nuns, arrive at Fort Vancouver, Washington. Sister Joseph (formerly Esther Pariseau) (1823-1902) is their leader. She will later be know...

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William Cadmer allegedly commits mutiny and assault on the Lizzie Jarvis in Port Townsend on December 11, 1856.

On December 11, 1856, William Cadmer allegedly commits mutiny and assault on the Lizzie Jarvis, a cargo ship, in Port Townsend. The vessel was christened in New Granada (northern Latin America) and do...

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1857 Census: King County Population By Name

In 1857, a census of King County residents is taken. The population consists of 152 persons of European American descent including 86 adult males, 23 females age 18 and over, and 43 children of whom 1...

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President Franklin Pierce establishes the Muckleshoot Reservation by executive order on January 20, 1857.

On January 20, 1857, United States President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) signs an executive order that formally establishes the Muckleshoot Reservation. The reservation will be expanded when President...

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