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Advertising Goods and Services to the San Juan Islands Community, 1909

In 1909, the island residents of San Juan County in Northwest Washington relied on their two newspapers, the San Juan Islander and the Friday Harbor Journal, to keep them apprised not only of local, r...

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Bainbridge Island (Winslow) -- Thumbnail History

Eagle Harbor lies on the eastern side of Bainbridge Island, which is located in central Puget Sound directly west of Seattle. Until 1990 the community situated on the harbor was named Winslow. In 1990...

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Blake Island -- Thumbnail History

Blake Island, a 476-acre Washington State Park, lies in Puget Sound approximately eight miles from downtown Seattle. It is located in east central Kitsap County, four miles off Alki Point, between th...

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Boyce, Lucinda Elizabeth Stewart (1836-1916)

Lucinda Stewart Boyce was not only the first Euro-American woman to live permanently on San Juan Island, she also served as a community leader and role model for hundreds of women who braved the primi...

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Chinese Workers in the San Juan Islands

In the late nineteenth century a few Chinese immigrants found work in the San Juan Islands in domestic service, on farms, or in mining and logging camps, but most Chinese laborers came to the islands ...

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Coupeville -- Thumbnail History

Coupeville is one of Washington's oldest towns and the seat of Island County. Situated on Whidbey Island, at Penn Cove on Saratoga Passage, the town was once the site of three permanent Lower Skagit t...

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Franklin, Roy (1924-2011)

Roy Franklin was a legendary island bush pilot and the primary founder of commercial aviation in the San Juan Islands, the archipelago located in Northwest Washington between the mainland and Canada's...

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Friday Harbor -- Thumbnail History

Friday Harbor is the seat of San Juan County and the county's only incorporated town. Its population in 2010 was 2,260 residents living on 1.01 square miles (685 acres) of land on central San Juan Isl...

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Friday Harbor Waterfront

The waterfront of Friday Harbor, now the county seat and only incorporated town in San Juan County, has served as a sheltered access to San Juan Island from the early days of human occupation of the a...

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Frits, Virgil (1882-1971)

Generations of residents of Friday Harbor, the county seat of San Juan County in Northwest Washington, have had vivid memories of Virgil W. Frits, editor and publisher of the Friday Harbor Journal fro...

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Geoghegan, James Theodore (1869-1953)

James Theodore Geoghegan (pronounced "Gay-g'n") was Orcas Island's most prolific photographer during the first half of the twentieth century. Much of what we know visually about Orcas, the largest of ...

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History Day award winner -- San Juan Island Pig War by Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith, a 9th Grader at Canyon Park Junior High School, won First Prize in the 2006 Washington State History Day competition for Senior Historical Papers with this discussion of the San Juan Is...

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