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Roche Harbor, Washington (Images of America Series)

Roche Harbor, Washington (Images of America Series)

by Richard Walker


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Roche Harbor's deep, protected waters and abundant resources inspired poets, one of whom wrote in 1903, "A rock-bound coast hems in a wealth of verdant pastures sweet; / Deep forests cover vale and hill where fresh and salt waters meet." For millennia, this was the home of the Lummi and Songhees people. The British established a military camp near here in 1860 to maintain their claim to the San Juan Islands. Limestone was quarried here for 90 years, helping to build West Coast cities as well as personal fortunes. Roche Harbor continues to be a favorite gathering place for boating, fishing, and kayaking—a gateway to the splendors of the American San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

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ISBN-13: 9780738571058
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/24/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Author Richard Walker is editor of the Journal of the San Juan Islands in Friday Harbor, Washington, and is a periodic writer for regional and national publications. He is a trustee of the San Juan Historical Society. Working with Roche Harbor archivists as well as owners of private photo collections, Walker has selected more than 200 images and written engaging text to compose this visual history of Roche Harbor and the people who have called it home.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 This Place Called Whelaalk 9

2 The Settlement Era 17

3 Lime: San Juan Island's Gold 25

4 A Community Called Roche Harbor 51

5 A Doctor in the House 81

6 Characters, Legends, and Lore 91

7 The Birth of the Boatel 101

8 The Village Era 119

Bibliography 127

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