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Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

First School in Seattle

 
 
First School in Seattle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
1. First School in Seattle Marker
Inscription.  
Bank
of
California


On this spot
the first school in Seattle
was taught by Mrs Catherine
P. Blaine in January 1854
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This Tablet was Erected by the Washington
University State Historical Society....
November 13, 1905

1959

 
Erected 1905 by Washington University State Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
 
Location. 47° 36.185′ N, 122° 20.073′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is on First Avenue south of Columbia Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 714 First Avenue, Seattle WA 98104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Yesler’s Pavilion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Broderick Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carson D. Boren (about 400 feet away); Pioneer Building
First School in Seattle Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
2. First School in Seattle Marker - Wide View
The marker is to the left of the parking structure entrance.
(about 400 feet away); Mutual Life Building (about 400 feet away); The Pioneer Square Pergola (about 400 feet away); Exchange Building (about 500 feet away); Burke Building Remnants (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
More about this marker. Although the marker clearly says Bank of California and 1959, this marker has been entered with the Washington State University Historical Society and 1905 as the organization and year of marker installation, as the marker clearly reproduces other Washington University State Historical Society markers of the period.


Note, also, that although the marker indicates her name as Catherine, other historical records indicate "Catharine" as the correct spelling.
 
Also see . . .  Seattle's first school, a tuition (private) school, begins instruction in 1854 (HistoryLink.org). (Submitted on November 14, 2016.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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