Vashon-Maury Island

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Vashon-Maury Island lies between Seattle and Tacoma and is connected to the mainland by the Washington State Ferries. The bridge proposed in the 1950s and 1960s did not materialize, which helped retain the island's isolation and rural lifestyle. Like other Puget Sound islands, its original economy was based on logging, fishing, brick-making, and agriculture, especially its strawberries. Island industries included the largest dry dock on the West Coast, shipbuilding, and ski manufacturing. Distinct from the other islands, Vashon-Maury is the only one whose major town is not on the water. Originally inhabited for thousands of years by the S'Homamish people, the island's first white settler arrived in 1865. Today, 145 years later, the population is more than 11,000.
ISBN: 9780738574998
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 211
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Bruce Haulman, a longtime resident of Ellisport, is an island historian. Jean Cammon Findlay, a retired schoolteacher and coauthor of Images of America: Mosquito Fleet of South Puget Sound, lives in Newport. Both Bruce and Jean are board members of the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association, whose rich photographic archive provided three-fourths of the images for this book.
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