David "Doc" Maynard arrives at Alki Point on March 31, 1852.

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  • Posted 11/16/2000
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On March 31, 1852, David S. "Doc" Maynard (1808-1873) arrives at Alki Point. He has come from Olympia in a canoe paddled by Chief Seattle (d. 1866) and other Duwamish Indians.

"Doc" Maynard was a colorful and influential figure in King County's early history. On the advice of Chief Seattle, Maynard settled in the tiny village of Duwamps (Seattle's original name) in the spring of 1852 and served as its first physician, merchant, postmaster, Indian agent, and justice of the peace.

Sources: Clarence B. Bagley, History of King County (Chicago-Seattle: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1929).

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