< Browse to Previous Essay | Browse to Next Essay >
Settlers, wealthy and ready to invest, arrive in Seattle aboard a Great Northern train on February 23, 1900.
HistoryLink.org Essay 1725
: Printer-Friendly Format
On February 23, 1900, 70 persons arrive in Seattle aboard the Great Northern Railway from the Midwest and all but three bring at least $1,000 to invest in fruit and fish canning, merchandising, or farming. They are dubbed the "largest and wealthiest party of homeseekers" to arrive in six years.
R. E. Wirkman, Western Immigration Agent for the railroad stated, "We are receiving at the present time from 60 to 80 inquiries a day regarding Washington at our St. Paul office. They are from people who want to engage in business and have sums of money from $500 to $5000 to invest." As an inducement to migrate westward, the Great Northern offered a flat fare of $25 per person for new settlers.
The Seattle International Railway reported that 500 immigrants from Kansas were due to leave for Seattle on March 1, 1900, and further that 400 heads of families from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, North Dakota, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma had written for information on moving West. Settlers frequently cited the desire for milder winters as their reason for moving.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 18, 1900, p. 9; Ibid., February 24, 1900, p. 6.
Travel through time (chronological order):
< Browse to Previous Essay
Browse to Next Essay >
Roads & Rails |
Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that
encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both
HistoryLink.org and to the author, and sources must be included with any
reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this
Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For
more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact
the source noted in the image credit.
Major Support for HistoryLink.org Provided
By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins
| Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry
| 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle
| City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach
Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private
Sponsors and Visitors Like You