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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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Point Wilson Lighthouse

The Point Wilson Lighthouse was built in 1914 by the Lighthouse Service. At a height of 51 feet, the beacon is the tallest on Puget Sound, marking the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. The lighthouse repl...

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Ranald MacDonald (1824-1894), Adventurer

Ralph P. Edgerton was a judge in the Sixth Division of the Spokane County Superior Court and a member of the Spokane Corral of The Westerners. He wrote this biography of Northwest native and seafarer ...

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Remembering the Holmquists (Monroe, Snohomish County)

This People's History tells the story of August (1859-1928) and Carolina (d. 1930) Holmquist, a couple who, perhaps more than any others, had an impact on the community of Monroe (Snohomish County) in...

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Seattle -- A Brief History of Its Founding

Seattle was founded by members of the Denny party, most of whom arrived at Alki Beach on November 13, 1851 and then, in April 1852, relocated to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay. With the filing of th...

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Seattle and King County's First Non-Indian Settlers

In the vicinity of the Duwamish River and Elliott Bay where in 1851 the first U.S. settlers began building log cabins, the Duwamish tribe occupied at least 17 villages. The first non-Natives to settle...

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Madison Park -- Thumbnail History

The Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle is situated on the western shore of Lake Washington. It was originally inhabited by Duwamish peoples who called it "Where One Chops." The Duwamish shared the f...

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Pioneer Square -- Thumbnail History

First settled in 1852, Pioneer Square encompasses the birthplace of modern Seattle and its first downtown. Most of the Square's buildings were erected within a decade of the disastrous Great Fire of J...

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Seattle Sesquicentennial Presentation of Channel 150 News, November 14, 2001 -- Part 2 of 3

This three-part People's History by Walt Crowley and Chris Goodman recounts the celebrations of the sesquicentennial of the first landing by settlers on Alki Point. On November 14, 2001, the Seattle R...

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Seattle Sesquicentennial Presentation of Channel 150 News, November 14, 2001 -- Part 3 of 3

This three-part People's History by Walt Crowley and Chris Goodman recounts the celebrations of the sesquicentennial of the first landing by settlers on Alki Point. On November 14, 2001, the Seattle R...

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Seattle's Early Donation Land Claims

This essay summarizes the original Donation Land Claims submitted in the area of future Seattle.

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