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George Washington Sutherland: A Young Man Goes West

Spokane historian Jerome Peltier interviewed pioneer George Washington Sutherland (1854-1949) in the 1940s, and in 1989 prepared this account for The Pacific Northwesterner. It describes Sutherland&ac...

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Go West Young Man: Great Grandpa Charles McDowell

This People's History was contributed by Diana Schafer Ford. It is about the migration to the West of her great grandfather Charles McDowell in the 1880s.

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Gold in the Pacific Northwest

The discovery of gold in California in 1848 sent would-be millionaires on a quest for treasure throughout the West. By 1900, major strikes had been made in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Alaska, and western C...

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Grose, William (1835-1898)

William Grose, a black pioneer, came to Seattle around 1860 and became a successful businessman. He acquired one of the largest land holdings in the city and paid among the most in taxes.

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Hall, Joseph Banyan (1857-1947): Autobiography

Joseph Banyan Hall  migrated to Spokane Falls in Washington Territory in 1884, working as a blacksmith and raising cattle and wheat. He later went into the hardware business in Spokane. Hall penn...

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Hanford, Edward (1807-1884)

Seattle pioneer Edward Hanford, logger, orchardist, farmer, and a founder of South Seattle, was the brother-in-law of one of the first white men to visit the future King County, John C. Holgate (1828-...

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Harvey, John (1828-1886): An Account of His Life by By Eldon Harvey (1984) and Donna Harvey (2004)

John Harvey was an English-born settler who arrived in the Oregon Territory and Alki Point in March 1852, four months after the Denny Party arrived. Harvey staked a claim on Lake Washington, experienc...

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Hawley, Robert Emmett (1862-1946)

Emmett Hawley was one of the first non-Indian settlers in Lynden, the northwestern Whatcom County town located a few miles below the Canadian border, arriving there as a 10-year-old in the early autum...

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History Day award winner -- Maynard, David Swinson (1808-1873): Father of Seattle by Alice Evered

This essay about the life and times of Seattle pioneer Doc Maynard was written by Alice Evered, a student at Northshore Junior High School in Bothell, and won a prize in the Junior Division, Historica...

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History, History Everywhere: A Remembrance of Growing Up in Snohomish County's Robe Valley

This reminiscence of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in Snohomish County's Robe Valley was written by Joan Rawlins Biggar Husby. Robe Valley is located about 10 miles east of Granite Falls on the Mo...

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Horton, Dexter (1825-1904)

Illinois-raised Dexter Horton arrived in Seattle in 1853 as a member of what was called the "Bethel Party" (or Bethel Company), Seattle's second covered-wagon expedition. Horton worked in Henry Yesler...

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How the Dandelion Came to Seattle, and Why by Dorothea Nordstrand

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) tells the story of how Catherine Maynard (1816-1906) brought the first lowly dandelions to Seattle for use in the medical practice o...

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