Port Gamble in Kitsap County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Port Gamble Centennial
brought from the State of Maine
commemorates the Centennial
of the town and lumber mill of
September 1, 1853
by three men from Maine
Andrew J. Pope William C. Talbot Cyrus Walker
Erected 1953 by Burton M. Cross, Governor of Maine and Emmett T. Anderson, Lt. Governor of Washington.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is September 1, 1853.
Location. 47° 51.353′ N, 122° 35.065′ W. Marker is in Port Gamble, Washington, in Kitsap County. Marker is on Walker Street west of North Rainier Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Marker is a metal tablet mounted at knee-level on a large boulder, beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the Port Gamble Community Hall & Post Office building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4839 Walker Street, Port Gamble WA 98364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Community Hall / Post Office (a few steps from this marker); Fire Hall (within shouting distance of Port Gamble General Store & Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Lodge No. 5 (within shouting distance of this marker); New York House (within shouting distance of this marker); Duplex (within shouting distance of this marker); Camperdown Elm (within shouting distance of this marker); WM. Walker - E.G. Ames House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gamble.
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1. The Founding of Port Gamble. In 1849, William Talbot and Andrew Pope arrived in San Francisco from East Machias, Maine in hope of taking part in its shipping and lumber industry, for the shipping of lumber to the rapidly growing Western United States was becoming a very lucrative business. Pope and Talbot quickly realized that the lumber shipments from New England were not enough to meet the growing demand for building materials in the West. After hearing about the dense forests in the Oregon Territory, William Talbot and Andrew Pope, along with partners Josiah Keller, and Charles Foster, formed the Puget Mill Company to harvest (Submitted on January 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Port Gamble History. By September 1853, the mill was cutting logs into lumber. The initial output was modest, 2,000 board feet a day - about a tenth of the lumber needed to build a five-room house of the time. The first lumber went to enclose the mill and to build cabins, a bunkhouse, and a cookhouse. In January, Keller and his assistant superintendent Cyrus Walker installed a sash saw that was lighter and 10 times more productive. (Submitted on January 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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