Vashon-Maury Island  Images of America



Vashon-Maury Island (Arcadia) by Vashon authors Bruce Haulman (Ellisport) and Jean Cammon Findlay (Newport) is now available. Organized around major themes of communities, economics, transportation, ecology, politics, and shifting populations and their viewpoints, the book traces the evolution of the island's history. It is a story of change: from many small beach communities to one town center, from an extractive industry base to a human resource economy, from a myriad of steamboat landings to two ferry docks, and growth from a small entirely native population, the S'Homamish, to the diverse 11,000 residents today.




A Brief History of Vashon is organized into seven chapters, and this timeline parallels that structure for your convenience.

  1. A Sense of Place: To 1865

    Native People
    1st Contact 1792-1841
    2nd Contact 1841-1865

  2. Settlement: 1865 - 1890
  3. Boom: 1890 - 1920
  4. Transformations: 1920 - 1945
  5. Postwar Growth: 1945 - 1979
  6. Modern Vashon: 1980 - The Present