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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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