This is a picture of people cutting trees down to give to San Francisco. The city of San Francisco, California, was a shipping port. They needed wood to make shipping docks and buildings. These people would get all their wood from Washington.The Washington Territory had many forests with big, tall trees.They floated the logs downstream, then tied them together. Ships pulled the piles of logs to San Francisco.
Growth of Agriculture
This is a picture of a fishing spot to catch fish to sell or eat. The Pacific Ocean and Washington’s deep rivers were filled with fish. Native Americans and pioneers harvested these fish, which were then dried, sold and shipped to other cities. The fishing industry quickly changed when Robert Hume built a plant that used cans and high heat to preserve fish. 30 canneries sold salmon to faraway places in South America, Britain, Australia and Chin.
Logging Part 2
This is a picture of a coal mine that was found inside of a cave. In the Puget Sound Lowlands and the Cascade Mountains, miners discovered coal. Coal was burned to heat homes and provide the power that ran machines in factories. Some of the early miners were Chinese, from England and Wales, also a large group of African-Americans came to dig coal. Factory owners even hired children to sort the pieces of coal.
Coal Mining part 2
This is a picture of crops and gardens to show the farms and stuff.In the Walla Walla Valley farmers grew hops and wheat. Native Americans and white men worked in the fields together. This opened the door for Chinese and Hispanic males to also join this work force. Washington apples had also become an important crop by the 1900's.
Logging was big business in Washington. Logging put people to work in the forests, the shipyards, the mills and the surrounding cities. Little by little, lumber and shipping towns sprang up around Puget Sound. The small towns of Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma grew because of the logging industry. Many docks and ports grew larger and larger. Later, this opened up opportunities for other kinds of shipping and trading outside of Washington.
Discovery of high-quality coal in 1886 in Kittitas County led to the rapid development of the Roslyn Coal Field. Two towns, Roslyn and Cle Elum, sprang up overnight. Coal mining was important to Washington’s economy well into the 1900’s.