The Gables General Store Des Moines School Student Body About 1915 The Daring - One of the 'Mosquito Fleet' serving Des Moines Nathan E. Munger - Civil War Veteran
Des Moines Historical Society Museum logo


HOME

VISITOR INFORMATION

EVENTS

OUR COLLECTION

AREA HISTORY

HELPING THE SOCIETY

ABOUT US

CREDITS

SITE STATISTICS

Opal Finnel and Rilda Martin Moses on Old Growth Log

Des Moines History Time Line
1700-1849 | 1850-1860 | 1870 | 1880 | 1890 | 1900's | 2000's
1870's
1871
  • Sam Stone homesteaded in the Redondo area (first visited area in 1869).
1872
  • July 2 - John Moore homesteaded claim certificate No. 285. First settler in what became downtown Des Moines. On March 18, 1879 John Moore was judged insane. County Sheriff sold the land to John Murray on Apr. 22, 1881.
  • Dec. 14 - At 9:40 p.m. four earthquakes are felt over an eight-minute period.
1873
  • Michael Kelly moves to Sunnydale, first settler in the Sunnydale and Burien areas. He begins "Kelly Road". Mrs. Kelly established the Sunnydale School in 1878.
  • Oct. 19 - At about 4 p.m. clouds of smoke were seen pouring from the highest peak of Mt. Rainier.
1878
  • Adelaide (south of Redondo and Buenna) settled.
  • Dec. 3 - Milton (not to be confused with the Milton in Pierce County) post office established with Walter D. Cotton postmaster. The post office served: Milton, Buenna, and Stone's Landing. It closed on March 10, 1879. On July 18, 1888 the post office reopened with Lorenzo D. Hurlbut as postmaster, but closed in 1890 when the Buenna Post Office opened.

Unless otherwise noted, ©2002-2016 All Rights Reserved by Des Moines Historical Society.
info@dmhs.org 206-824-5226 / Privacy Policy