Oak Harbor

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Oak Harbor, the largest town on Whidbey Island, was first inhabited by a large population of natives. White men first arrived to the island in 1792 on Capt. George Vancouver's ship. Joseph Whidbey is credited with finding the churning passage, which he named Deception Pass, establishing that the land was indeed an island. Vancouver named the land Whidbey's Island. Three young adventurers in search of new and free land—Martin Taftzon, Charles Sumner, and Ulrich Freund—were brought up the bay to Big Springs by native canoe. Taftzon scrambled up over the hill and, gazing out to his eye's delight on the beautiful harbor, exclaimed loudly, "Eureka, I have discovered Paradise!" On January 4, 1851, these young men filed donation land claims around the harbor. Oak Harbor was named by Dr. R.H. Lansdale.
ISBN: 9780738596686
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 222
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Capt. Edward Barrington and other pioneers came to the harbor to establish the new town. Author Peggy Christine Darst is the great-great granddaughter of Captain Barrington. Utilizing vast family photograph collections and scrapbooks, as well as tapping into other old-time Oak Harbor family histories and stories, she presents Images of America: Oak Harbor, from discovery to present day.
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