The Puget Sound area has been greatly influenced by the Irish, and while many of the names and events are familiar, until now, their Irish connections were rarely acknowledged. Judge Thomas Burke, “The Man who Built Seattle,” had Irish parents. So did Washington’s second governor, John Harte McGraw. John Collins, who left Ireland at the tender age of 10 to seek his fame and fortune, became Seattle’s fourth mayor. “The Mercer Girls” included Irish women who came west to Seattle. This fascinating retrospective pays tribute to the first- and second-generation Irish who lived in the Puget Sound region over the past 150 years and who contributed to Seattle’s growth. In more than 200 photographs and illustrations, this book chronicles the contributions of the Irish to an area whose landscape and climate reminded them of home.
About the Author
John F. Keane was a young man when he left Ireland in 1967. He came to the Seattle area in 1978 and has been involved in everything Irish in Seattle since then. Described by the Celtic Connection newspaper as “the lynchpin in the Irish community” in Seattle, Keane is highly qualified to tell this Seattle story and to illustrate the Irish community’s rich history.
Table of Contents
Pioneering Days 9
The Gold Rush and Its Aftermath 23
Early Irish Families 33
Faith and Community 49
The AOH and the Friendly Sons 63
Mover and Shakers 73
The Irish Community at Work and Play 97
Old Irish and New Irish-One Family 115
Reigniting Ties to Ireland 121
Suggested Reading and Resources 128