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August 25 & 26 – Lacamas Fair

It is the biggest little fair in Pierce County. The Lacamas Community Fair, on 8th avenue South isn’t on what most county resident would consider a main street. This is the most family and children friendly fair you can find. The dates are August 25th & 26th, 2018. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

If you want to enter something in the fair, pre entry day is August 23rd.

 






Downpour doesn’t dampen local spirit

Freddie Fest started out cloudy and dry on August 11, but squalls passing through left visitors and vendors occasionally huddling under their tents. Yet, community spirit prevailed and the event and chili cookoff went on as planned.













Washington residents are used to dodging a bit of rain. Bravo to those souls who took it all in stride. There were periods when is wasn’t falling.










The British were coming

If you study the history of Pierce County Washington, you have to recognize the competition between American Settlers and British Settlers in the area.

The British settlers were aided by the presence of Fort Nisqually, their general store andHBC Map Reformatted with Satellite purveyor of supplies and utensils to get started in this wilderness. Americans were reprimanded by peer pressure if they sought goods from the Fort. The town of Steilacoom was the main source of American supplies and the seat of government for U.S. interests.
During that time, Doctor William Fraser Tolmie, as the Factor in charge of Fort Nisqually as the cheif communicator for the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) and British interests locally. He wrote a considerable number of letters to settlers, officials and other British comrades. Many of those have been sitting in archives and not accessable to the average reader.
Historian, artist and author Steven Anderson, a University Place native, who formerly directed the Fort Nisqually site at Point Defiance Park for 10 years, has reached into those archives and started compiling those letters. Anderson currently resides in North Carolina.
Letters of Doctor William Fraser Tolmie from 1853 to 1855 will be in a book coming out next year. It is estimated to be about 400 pages, much larger than you average read. The information in these letters sheds a great deal of light into the power of the British and the Hudson Bay Company in the Pacific Northwest.
July 28, 2018, Steven Anderson joined with Jerry Ransey, Author of Stealing Puget Sound. Together they did a presentation at Dupont City Hall about this early history, the letters and the upcoming book.
This link is a video of the hour long presentation. It is fascinating to hear what they know about the interactions of the two sides before the Pig War and the final resolution of the Canadian Boundary.