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Washington Territorial Legislature incorporates the City of Vancouver on January 23, 1857.

On January 23, 1857, the Washington Territorial Legislature passes an act incorporating the City of Vancouver, a Clark County settlement of just over 918 acres located on the north bank of the Columbi...

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The International Boundary Commission first meets on June 27, 1857.

On June 27, 1857, American and British commissioners of the International Boundary Commission meet on board the British ship HMS Satellite, anchored in Esquimalt Harbor on the southeast coast of Briti...

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Slaughter County is renamed Kitsap County on July 13, 1857.

On July 13, 1857, the recently organized Slaughter County is renamed Kitsap County to honor Chief Kitsap, a Suquamish military leader. The county seat is at Port Madison and will remain there until 18...

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North Coast Indians, likely members of the Kake tribe of Tlingits, behead Isaac Ebey on August 11, 1857.

On August 11, 1857, a group of North Coast Indians -- likely members of the Kake tribe of Tlingits who were led by a woman warrior -- behead Col. Isaac N. Ebey (1818-1857) at his home, "The Cabins," n...

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Construction begins on the Whatcom Trail in September 1857.

In September 1857, construction begins on the Whatcom Trail to connect Bellingham to Everson and the international boundary with Canada. The track will follow an existing Indian trail called the Nook-...

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Fort Bellingham soldiers desert and Edward French harbors them on December 24, 1857.

On December 24, 1857, Michael O'Rourke, a soldier from Fort Bellingham, witnesses Edward French aiding deserting soldiers Solomon Pinkenhoff, Matthew Doyle, and others with intent to aid them in their...

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Cape Flattery Light on Tatoosh Island begins operating on December 28, 1857.

On December 28, 1857, the Cape Flattery Lighthouse on Tatoosh Island begins operation. Built between 1856 and 1857 on a 20-acre bean-shaped rock at the northwestern-most point of the continental Unite...

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Nisqually Chief Leschi is hanged on February 19, 1858.

On February 19, 1858, Nisqually Chief Leschi (1808-1858) is hanged on a gallows at Fort Steilacoom, for the "murder" of the American soldier Colonel A. Benton Moses. Chief Leschi's attorneys argued fi...

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S.S. Traveler, first American steamship on Puget Sound, sinks on March 2, 1858.

Just before midnight on March 2, 1858, the S.S. Traveler, the first American steamship on Puget Sound, sinks near Port Gamble. Five people die.

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First post office in Mason County is established at Oakland on April 24, 1858.

On April 24, 1858, the first post office in Mason (then called Sawamish) County was established at Oakland, the county seat. Weekly mail service between Olympia in the South and Seabeck on Hood Canal ...

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Yakama, Palouse, Spokane, and Coeur d'Alene warriors defeat the U.S. Army under Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe on May 17, 1858.

On May 17, 1858, Yakama, Palouse, Spokane, and Coeur d'Alene Indians attack a column of U.S. Army troops under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe (1816-1865). The year 1858 is a time of ...

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Thomas G. Richards & Co. begins building the first brick building in Washington Territory in Whatcom on July 5, 1858.

On July 5, 1858, T. G. Richards & Co. purchases a lot "having a front on E and Centre Street" in the town of Whatcom on Bellingham Bay for $600. They start building a brick warehouse that will be the ...

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