Irish Seattle, Washington (Images of America Series)

Irish Seattle, Washington (Images of America Series)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738548784
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/21/2007
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,169,327
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.43(d)

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

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
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

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