Manchester: The Tenacious Village with a Historical Past.

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“It has been a bumpy road for the sleepy town of Brooklyn — er, Manchester — but after 120 years all of the other early settlements along the Yukon Harbor shoreline have withered away and are nearly forgotten. This one is a survivor.” Continue reading

The Seventh Span: Bridging Curley Creek.

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“There have been at least seven efforts to build a means to cross Curley Creek. It started with nothing more than a raft and a rope.” Continue reading

Blake Island: Solving the Trimble Mansion Fire 60 Years Later!

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“There were all sorts of theories on why and who torched William Pitt Trimble’s famed house. It turned out it was just an accident by some careless teenagers.” Continue reading

Rare Photos of Early Colby.

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“We’re always on the prowl for new photos of this fabled area. And they’re out there. We just need to discover that one hidden box or scrapbook in somebody’s attic.” Continue reading

The Colby Bell has returned to Yukon Harbor; Plans for a permanent town monument are in the works.

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The much-traveled iron bell that hung over the Grant & Sons Mercantile in the 1880’s has come home again. A trio of distant cousins — all great-grandchildren of Joseph Squire Grant, Sr, who originally rang it from his store in Colby —  joined … Continue reading

The Harper Brick Factory and Bridge.

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  The Harper Brick and Tile Factory pictured above was a huge boon to industry in the local area. Below, is a tired but historical building once used as a “hotel and boarding house” for local workers, mostly those who … Continue reading

The Mosquito Fleet Steamers that Brought Life to Yukon Harbor.

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The term “Mosquito Fleet” is often misunderstood, people thinking that it was an official organization or designation that served all of Puget Sound and Seattle. The truth is that there were so many steamers of varying types and sizes that … Continue reading

Go figure: A woman from Chicago didn’t like the weather on Puget Sound and headed home.

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A house once stood on the scenic property adjacent to the Colby Cemetery, near the intersection of Mile Hill and Alaska Drives, and its story speaks volumes about the hardships of turn-of-the-century living here and the practical aspects of social … Continue reading