Roland Gamwell in front of the Harris Avenue entrance to the Fairhaven Hotel in the early 1950s



"Why Did Fairhaven Boom and Bust?"

The following is a transcript from a 1954 speech at the Washington Club.

"It’s not hard to tell why Fairhaven had a boom.  The year was 1889.  The eyes of the country were directed toward the Northwest by the recent phenomenal completion of two transcontinental railroads to this part of the country.  One, the Northern Pacific, which came to the lower end of Puget Sound, and the other the Canadian Pacific two hundred miles north of it."


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