First Person Narrative:  

Roland Gamwell

"Why Fairhaven Had Its Boom"

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

"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."


Left, Roland Gamwell in from of  what was left of the Old Fairhaven Hotel in the early 1950s


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