Gig Harbor in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Across the Bay
The settlement of Gig Harbor by white people actually began on the east side of the harbor. Samuel Jerisich arrived in Gig Harbor in 1867 and built a small cabin on the east side of the bay near the sandpit. Later, the Jerisich family moved to the west side.
Joseph and Rose Goodman and their children came by steamboat to Gig Harbor in 1883. The family and their possessions were deposited on the sandspit and the family watched as the boat chugged away. The Goodmans lived in a cabin near the sandspit for one year before moving to Crescent Valley.
Settlers trying to homestead on the east side learned much of the area was a military reservation and not yet open for settlement. Not until the reservation was abandoned in the early 1900s were settlers able to acquire title to the land.
The bay itself played host to community events. Before a church was built, religious services were held on a barge moored in the harbor. Congregation members arrived by rowboat and everyone, including ladies in long skirts, had to climb up a rope ladder.
One of the first steamboat landings was on the east side, known as Young's
In 1938, National Air Mail Week was celebrated near the site of Young's Landing. Postal employees A.L. Hopkins, John Insel, and Gladys Hunt affixed special stamps on letters going on the first airmail flight from Gig Harbor.
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• The Atalanta arrives in the harbor. The Rawley house is visible on the sandspit, circa 1915.
• The first airmail delivery arrives on the beach at east Gig Harbor, May, 1938
• Young's Landing, 1906-1910. The dock served several steamboats including the Crest and the Florence K.
Erected by City of Gig Harbor and Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 47° 19.851′ N, 122° 34.902′ W. Marker is in Gig Harbor, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is at the intersection of Harborview Drive and Rosedale Street NW, on the right when traveling north on Harborview Drive. Marker is at the entrance to the Jerisich Dock. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3211 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor WA 98335, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fishing Family Memorial Anchor (a few steps from this marker); First Settlers (a few steps from this marker); Lost At Sea (a few steps from this marker); Explore Gig Harbor Wildwaters (a few steps from this marker); Skansie Netshed & House (within shouting distance of this marker); Our First Sawmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Skansie Brothers Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Birth of the Business District (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gig Harbor.
Also see . . . Gig Harbor’s Heritage (Harbor History Museum Blog, 2014). (Submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.