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Fiction at its best is infused with nothing finer than the history of the State of Washington. And from the day when adventurous white men first set foot upon its soil we have the record—an incomparable one. For more than a hundred years the diary of its development is known.
The aim of this work shall be to set forth the record in a new dress, adding to the recital material that has not been in book form, and bringing it as nearly as possible up to date.
It is the intention to give considerable attention to the romantic period of overland travel and the first settlements. They were a race of giants were those men and women who braved the wilderness to plant an empire on the Northwest coast. Their sufferings never can be told in full. What brought them here? W hat is there in the American blood that ever hastens us to the farthest place? Why did the pioneers leave or ignore the thousands of rich acres of the middle west and drive to the coast?
Especial attention will be given to the founding of cities and towns and to their development. The creation of this rich commonwealth is the work of a little more than sixty years, and it is the intention to point out some of the forces and many of the personalities that figured in the process.
Old Fort Vancouver, blessed with a background rich in history; old Fort Steilacoom, the center of activities through the horrors of the Indian war; Olympia, the birthplace of the state, scene of the first settlement north of the Columbia River and prolific in romantic history; these are the spots around which the narrative of Washington, in its early reaches, must revolve, and the effort will be made to add something to their picturesqueness.
It is not the intention to devote great space to the exploratory period. That is a field already excellently covered. The work will avoid statistics as far as possible. It purposes to deal intimately with the forceful men and women who have aided in the carving out of a commonwealth which has no counterpart.
A WORD OF APPRECIATION
The author extends grateful thanks to members of the Advisory Board who assisted graciously whenever they were called upon. The members of the Advisory Board are:
BOARD OF ADVISORS
WILLIAM P. BONNEY, Secretary, State Historical Society.
ARTHUR R. PRIEST, A. M., Dean of Men, University of Washington.
GEORGE H. STONE, President and Treasurer, The Stone-Fisher Co., Tacoma.
FRANK C. TECK, Secretary, Commercial Club, Port Angeles.
F. A. HAZELTINE, Editor and Publisher, South Bend Journal.
DAN W. BUSH, Editor and Publisher, The Bee-Nugget, Chehalis.
MRS. RUTH KARR McKEE, Hoquiam.
ELDRIDGE WHEELER, Superintendent of Schools, Montesano.
WERNER A. RUPP, Editor and Publisher, The Daily World, Aberdeen.
JAS. G. MtCURDY, Assistant Cashier, The First National Bank, Port
The author also acknowledges generous assistance from William P. Bonney, secretary of the State Historical Society, and especially are thanks due Mr. Clarence B. Bagley, who threw" open his wonderful library of Northwest history and bade the writers make the fullest use of it. This acknowledgment would fall short of its purpose if it did not emphasize the loyalty and painstaking devotion of Mr. Floyd C. Kaylor, the author's assistant.
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DOUBT ON JUAN DE FUCA DISCOVERIES DRAKE'S VOYAGES—SPANISH PUSH
EXPLORATION CAPT. JAMES COOK SENT OUT BY ENGLAND CAPTAIN GRAY ON
THE SOUND—VANCOUVER'S EXPLORATORY WORK GRAY FINDS THE COLUMBIA
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