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Take in history through Washington and Edmonds' early years


Last updated 12/12/2019 at 1:03pm

Edmonds Historical Museum

The first schoolhouse in Edmonds, in 1887-1888, was held in the new building constructed on a knoll between Third and Fourth streets just north of Main Street. Pictured, from left in upper row: Maybell White, Fannie Brackett, Ethel Smith, Zetta Fourtner, Flora Deiner, Ruth Hyner, Annie Deiner, and Nellie Brackett. Sitting, from left: Oscar Deiner, Ralph McAlpine, Harry Deiner, George Brackett Jr., Frank E. Deiner, Fred Fourtner, Allen Smith. The teacher is Miss Taylor.

"Washington 1889: Blazes, Rails and the Year of Statehood," a traveling exhibit developed by Legacy Washington, is featured at the Edmonds Historical Museum through Jan. 12.

A year of big dreams, big burns and big politics, 1889 captured a place in local history as a time of great prosperity and adversity. The face of Washington changed. Pioneers settled the land and townsfolk rebuilt from the rubble.

Finally, on November 11, 1889, Washington rose as the 42nd state in the union.

After more than 35 years as a territory, statehood is finally reached. The year 1889 is filled with good fortu...

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