Indian Encampment in Bellingham Bay in Puget Sound, Washington
This photo is an Indian encampment on the banks of Bellingham Bay in Puget Sound in the vicinity of the former town of New Whatcom in Whatcom County, Washington. New Whatcom was settled in 1858, incorporated as a city in 1888. It contained a bank, the Bellingham Bay National with a capital of $60,000, three churches, Catholic, Lutheran and Presbyterian, and one daily newspaper, the Gazette. Bellingham, Washington is the seat of Whatcom County which straddles the border with British Columbia and was home to several American Indian tribes. Their names, e.g. Nooksack, Lummi, and Chuckanut, are remembered in the geographic features of the region. Though the year of the photograph is unknown, notation on the back of the photograph indicate that it was taken on July 4.
New Whatcom; Whatcom County, Washington; Bellingham Bay; Bellingham, Washington; Puget Sound; American Indian tribes;
Sepia toned photograph
h 6 in. x w 8 in.
Salem Public Library
CREDITS & RESTRICTIONS
Salem Public Library Historic Photograph Collections, Salem Public Library, Salem, Oregon