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Des Moines History Time Line
1700-1849 | 1850-1860 | 1870 | 1880 | 1890 | 1900's | 2000's
1700-1849
1700
  • Jan. 26 - Earthquake of enormous magnitude hits the Pacific Northwest coast. This is the earliest documented historical event in King County history.
1792
  • May (26?) - Capt. George Vancouver and Lt. Peter Puget pass by the future site of Des Moines.
1824
  • Nov./Dec. - James McMillan, a chief administrator for the Hudson Bay Company, travels Puget Sound from Eld Inlet (west of Olympia) to the Fraser River in British Columbia.
1825
  • Ft. Vancouver, on the Columbia River, is established.
1827
  • Ft. Langley on the Fraser River is established initiating travel through the region.
1833
  • May 30 - Ft. Nisqually, the first European settlement on Puget Sound, was established near DuPont, Washington.
  • June 29 - Earthquake shakes Puget Sound region.
1837
  • April 14 - Nisqually Mission started, the first American (U.S.) presence on Puget Sound.
1838
  • Cowlitz Farms was established on the overland route between Ft. Vancouver, Ft. Nisqually, and Ft. Langley.
1841
  • May (10?)- Wilkes Expedition, U.S. Navy, explores Puget Sound near Des Moines. It was the nation's first government sponsored naval exploration.
1840's
  • Hudson's Bay Company was in the Des Moines area, possibly erecting a post near South 262nd Street and Pacific Highway South.
1848
  • Aug. 14 - Congress creates Territory of Oregon. Territory includes all of present day Idaho, Oregon, and Washington together with portions of Wyoming and Montana.
1849-
1867
  • Fort Steilacoom, the first US Military Post on Puget Sound, was established on land rented from Hudson's Bay Company. The fort closed in 1867 when its unit relocated to Sitka, Alaska. The property now contaions a state hospital, park, and Pierce (Community) College.

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