Bite-Sized History: The General Store Building

Although there is nothing bite-sized about this building, it was constructed in 1916 for $23,106.87. This building is the 5th store in the company’s history in Port Gamble. One of the first buildings constructed by Pope & Talbot in 1853 when the sawmill was established was a store. Pope & Talbot descended from families who owned stores in Maine as well as investments in sawmills and ships which explains why there was so much importance placed on having a General Store in Port Gamble from it’s beginning. In 1903, a “market” was established where The Artful Ewe business is located today. This marked the first time a store was established off of the mill site. The market’s location allowed the

The Port Gamble Businesses are a “Labor” of Love and looking forward to Labor Day Weekend: Some busi

In the 19th and early 20th century, there were about 2500 “company” towns in the US. Now there are only a couple, lending to the uniqueness of Port Gamble, WA. It is inspiring to have a business community of entrepreneurs just as unique, where all of the businesses are here because of the passion and love of their trade that each place exhibits. You can simply tell it is a labor of love at each place, creating a real sense of community that is typically so easily lost in the hustle and shuffle of today’s economy. Get ready for end of Summer Sales on Labor Day weekend. Tango Zulu and Wish in Port Gamble are having a sidewalk sale, weather permitting, on Labor Day Weekend. Swing by September 4

Bite-Sized Port Gamble History: The Community Center (Theater & Post Office)

Constructed and designed in 1906 by architects Bebb & Mendel, Seattle’s most prominent architect firm in the first decade and a half of the 20th century, the community center/theater/post office building was built for a staggering $12,110.80. The hall was a center for community activities from its first days despite mobility engendered by the automobile. A radio script from 1938 illustrates the social activities at Port Gamble, many of which were held in the hall: “This is a small town but is teeming with activity and is considered a Club Town. There is a Masonic Order, Odd-Fellows, Orthopedic Church Guild (supporting the Children’s Hospital in Seattle), Boy Scouts, and a Community Club. I a

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