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John Low and Lee Terry select claims at Alki Point on September 28, 1851.

On September 28, 1851, John Low (1820-1888) and Leander (Lee) Terry (1818-1862) select Donation Land claims on Alki Point not far from the future site of Seattle. David Denny (1832-1903) and Lee Terry...

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Denny Party lands at Alki Point near future Seattle on November 13, 1851.

On November 13, 1851, the Denny Party lands at Alki Point, not far from the site of the future Seattle.

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Charles Terry opens first store in future King County no later than November 28, 1851.

No later than November 28, 1851, Charles C. Terry (1828-1867) opens a store on Alki Point. This is the first store in the future King County. Terry arrived at Alki Point with the Denny party on the sc...

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Settlers begin loading logs on the ship Leonesa in King County's first export on December 9, 1851.

On December 9, 1851, all seven adult male settlers at New York (renamed Alki) begin cutting down trees and loading lumber on the ship Leonesa, bound for San Francisco. This represents the future King ...

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The schooner Robert Bruce burns in Willapa Bay, leading to the settlement of Bruceville (later Bruceport), on December 11, 1851.

On December 11, 1851, the schooner Robert Bruce is deliberately set on fire by the ship's cook and burns to the water line. The schooner is in Willapa Bay in what is now Pacific County in southwest Wa...

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Denny, Boren, and Bell select claims on Elliott Bay marking the beginning of Seattle on February 15, 1852.

On February 15, 1852, Arthur Denny (1822-1899), Carson Boren (1824-1912), and William Bell (1817-1887) select Donation Land claim sites on the eastern portion of Elliott Bay. Most of the original sett...

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The first non-Indian families arrive at the new settlement of Port Townsend on February 23, 1852.

On February 23, 1852, the families of Loren and Lucinda Hastings and Francis and Sophia Pettygrove arrive at the site of Port Townsend with another family and several single men. They are the first n...

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

On March 31, 1852, David "Doc" Maynard arrives at Alki Point. He has come from Olympia in a canoe paddled by Chief Seattle and other Duwamish Indians.

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Nicholas Delin begins construction of a sawmill at the head of Commencement Bay on April 1, 1852.

On April 1, 1852, Nicholas Delin (1817-1882) begins construction of a water-powered sawmill at the head of Commencement Bay in what will become Tacoma. By the end of the year, the mill will be cutting...

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Saint Joseph's Mission at Ahtanum Creek is founded in the Yakima Valley on April 3, 1852.

On April 3, 1852, Father Louis Joseph D'herbomez and Father Charles M. Pandosy found a mission on Ahtanum Creek in what will become known as the Yakima Valley. They call the mission Saint Joseph (not ...

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First contingent of Denny party relocates to site of Seattle on April 3, 1852.

On April 3, 1852, the first contingent of the Denny party relocates from Alki Point to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay, the site of future downtown Seattle. Those who make the move on April 3 are: Wi...

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First irrigation ditch in the Yakima Valley is dug at the Saint Joseph Mission in 1852.

In 1852, Catholic Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Father Charles Pandosy and Father Eugene Casmire Chirouse (1821-1892), in company with Yakama people, labor with shovels to dig the first irriga...

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