History of Fairhaven, Washington
In 1889, Fairhaven was a bustling new town.
Fairhaven was counting on being the next hub city in the west, and there was a lot to prepare for!
During that year, nearly two hundred teams and wagons were working endlessly to help clear the land, and twenty thousand pounds of blasting powder were brought in by boat. Thousands of circulars were sent to Germany advertising for laborers and investors. And workers waded through the muddy streets building hotels, homes, offices and the new railroad which was to be their "ticket" to becoming the next Chicago.
In a little over a year, a total of one milion bricks had been ordered from the Happy Valley brickyard, and even more had to be imported from Japan. Fairhaven had thirty-five new hotels and lodging houses, and three hundred people were arriving every month. The town was full of optimism, and growing every day.
In 1892, Fairhaven received some grim news.
The town chosen to be the next importer was Seattle, about 90 miles south. All construction came to a halt, and the town fell into a deep depression. Hundreds left - some of the buildings left unfinished. However a few years later, the town pulled itself together and developed into a viable community of its own - granted, much smaller than originally anticipated.
Today, Fairhaven has many of the same brick buildings from its spirited beginnings at the turn of the century, and has a charm all its own. Fairhaven residents are intensely proud of their community, and have taken great care in preserving its character. We welcome visitors from far and near - and we hope to see you soon!
(Compiled from research by Tyrone Tillson and Penny Tillson.)