The Key Peninsula is a scenic finger of land that stretches south between Case and Carr Inlets in Washington State. Few people lived there before 1850, although Native Americans fished and hunted from temporary villages. Several communities, each with a unique history, took root near the various bays and inlets of the peninsula, and by the 1890s, many areas bustled with schools, post offices, mills, churches, and stores. Logging, orchards, and chicken farms supported these early pioneers. Cut off from the mainland, the waters of Puget Sound provided transportation. The famous Mosquito Fleet carried products such as fruit, seafood, chickens, eggs, and butter to Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle until the advent of the ferries and, later, the bridges. Many of today’s “oldtimers” are just two or three generations distant from the original hardy settlers, but the area’s residents are proud of the heritage of this unique place they call home.
About the Author
Author Colleen A. Slater is a local writer and historian who grew up in Vaughn. In this volume, she has gathered photographs and stories from the Key Peninsula Historical Society museum and from private collections to illustrate the history of the individual communities as well as that of the larger Key Peninsula community.
Table of Contents
People of the Waters and the Grass Country 11
Coming of the White Man 19
No Place Like Home, or Vaughn, or Lakebay 29
Land of the Big Trees 45
Agriculture, Commerce, and More 63
Education, Culture, and Religion 81
Getting Around the Peninsula 93
Fun and Games on the Key 105
The Key Peninsula Community 119