Gig Harbor

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Gig Harbor, located in southern Puget Sound, received its name from the Wilkes Expedition in 1841. History indicates that the captain's gig led the expedition into this small harbor during a storm that came up quite suddenly, hence the name, "Gig." Following the Native Americans, the early settlers were fishermen, farmers, boatbuilders, and lumbermen. Gig Harbor was dependent mostly upon land and water travel until 1940, when the first Narrows Bridge was built; however, it collapsed in less than a year after being built. The replacement bridge was not completed until 1950, but with its construction, Gig Harbor grew very quickly and became a bedroom district of Tacoma and the greater Puget Sound area. Fishing remains one of the mainstays of Gig Harbor commerce, although there are presently no sawmills or lumber mills in the area.
ISBN: 9780738596020
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 187
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Donald R. Tjossem is a local writer who has lived and worked in the Puget Sound area for nearly 50 years and is a member of the Harbor History Museum and Washington State Historical Society. For Images of America: Gig Harbor, he has gathered photographs from the Harbor History Museum, Tacoma Public Library, Washington State Historical Society, and Museum of History and Industry as well as never-before-published images from private collections.