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The second-oldest town in Washington is Coupeville, founded in 1853. Until the white settlement of the 1850s, the Lower Skagit Indians lived in four villages on Penn Cove, fishing and gathering plentiful plants and berries. Sea captains, such as Capt. Thomas Coupe, were drawn to the area's deepwater port and the opportunities it offered to transport timber from surrounding forests. At the same time, pioneer farmers, like Isaac Ebey, marveled at the rich soil of nearby Ebey's Prairie, where they planted crops and wrote to friends and relatives, inviting them to come and share the bounty. Together, captains of the sea and soil created a town of distinctive Victorian houses and enterprising businesses that inhabitants and visitors enjoy today.
ISBN: 9780738588957
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Judy Lynn's local history passion has led to recording more than 200 oral histories. Family photographs, taken between 1850 and 1950, were shared by these narrators and are published in this book for the first time. Engaging stories from these recorded interviews are included in the corresponding captions. Kay Foss brought her love of teaching history to Coupeville students to the editing and writing portions of this project. The authors also selected photographs from the vast collections of the Island County Historical Society and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.
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