We are in need of wood to make shipping docks and buildings!
The city of San Francisco, California, was a shipping port. They needed wood to make shipping docks and buildings.
We sure did a ton of logging today!
Yep we sure did!
The Washington Territory had many forests with big, tall trees. Workers cut down trees near the water. They floated the logs downstream, then tied them together.
Do you think any fish will come?
The fishing industry quickly changed when Robert Hume built a plant that used cans and high heat to preserve fish.
We need to be patient. They will come.
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.
In 1855 word got out that gold and silver had been found in Washington. Many of these lands were already reservation lands promised to the native Americans. Merchants in Walla Walla, Spokane and Seattle grew rich by supplying food, tents, tools and clothing to miners on their way to the gold fields.
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.