Historical

Monahan Building

T.E. Monahan had his first saloon, The Board of Trade on the original wagon trail that connected Fairhaven with towns along the bay. As Fairhaven prospered, Monahan decided to relocate…

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Knights of Pythias Building

Constructed shortly before the Depression of 1893, the Pythias Building served as a meeting hall for several of the Secret Societies of Fairhaven such as the United Workmen, Elks, American…

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Fairhaven Carnegie Library

Local residents opened a reading room in the Fairhaven Bank in 1890, moving to the Mason Block (now Sycamore Square) in 1891. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie fulfilled a significant funding request…

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Sycamore Square (Mason Block)

The Mason Block was the focal point of much of the business in Fairhaven for over 120 years. The first tenants included Fagan’s Dry Goods, Great Northern Express Company, and…

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Waldron Building

Although the Waldron Building has approximately half an acre of floor space, only the first two floors were ever used. The Bank of Fairhaven at the main corner entrance was…

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The Grad Building

From Germany to Wisconsin and finally Fairhaven, Michael Grad found a town that “he liked the looks of” and determined to stay in 1889. “I’m going to have built the…

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Nelson Block

Built during the second boom era of Fairhaven, the Nelson Block, trimmed with Chuckanut sandstone, served as a bank for over 30 years until the second Depression forced it out…

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Chinese Foreman

A Chinese foreman traded his daughter for a son. The foreman was one of hundreds of Chinese and Japanese workers contracted to work at Pacific American Fisheries (PAF), the largest…

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Chinese Bunkhouse on Harris

During the boom days of the early 1890s, some 20 hotels were built in Fairhaven to accommodate the hundreds of new citizens who arrived each week by sternwheelers. During the Great…

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Chinese Mafia

During the time of Fairhaven’s Chinatown, there were numerous battles between the Tongs of Fairhaven (Kon Tong), Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. A murder north of Fairhaven was to be…

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