Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pioneers, statehood, fires, wars: It was all in the Seattle P-I

The Civil War was still raging and the logging town of Seattle had barely a couple hundred residents when James R. Watson arrived from the much bigger settlement of Olympia in late 1863 and printed the first issues of The Seattle Gazette.

The headquarters Watson chose for his enterprise, in a Henry Yesler-owned building in Pioneer Square, had two key attributes: The rent was free, and it was upstairs from a saloon.

Thus began a connection between a newspaper and a town during which, over the next 146 years, each would mark their share of successes and challenges.


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