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Puyallup Weekend Events June 2-4 – 2017

Weekend Just Ahead Puyallup

It’s been a bit of a cloudy week after a stretch of sun, but it looks like the warm rays will return this weekend! Click here for this weekend’s weather forecast.  Today is the first day of June, and that means those long summer nights are not too far out! Take a look at what is happening in the Puyallup community this weekend.We hope you make the most of your time away from work, school, or other duties and check out these events.

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Stamp and Scrapbook Expo

A scrapbooker’s paradise! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo events cater to paper crafters of all types and experience levels. Card makers, stampers and scrapbook enthusiasts can find new products and designs from vendors. They can also swap ideas with like-minded crafters and learn new techniques during workshops.

Hours: Fri,10:00am – 6:00pm; Sat, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Pavilion – Enter at Gold Gate
Admission: $10 per person (Fri. early bird – $15), Kids 12 & under – free

Dozer Day

The Dozer Day event seeks to educate children of all ages about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities, and public safety. By giving the kids a realistic and ultimate construction experience, we put the kids in the “driver’s seat” to allow them to interact with real heavy construction equipment, fire engines, ambulances and police cars; while also engaging in other fun outdoor activities, games and toys. Children also have the opportunity to meet and interact with real professionals in these industries.

Hours: 11am – 4pm
Location: SillyVille – Enter at SillyVille Gate (Parking – $5 per car)
Admission: Kids (ages 2-12) & Seniors (ages 60+): $8, Adults: $10
Check the Dozer Day website for tickets or at the gate day of event
Contact: Mark Scoccollo
Phone: 206- 730-5289

Puyallup Public Library

Saturday, June 3

Reading with a Doggie Friend 

Clover the Dalmatian and Rhys the Border Collie love to listen to a good book! These trained therapy dogs visit the Library on a regular basis and provide children with a no-pressure situation to practice their reading skills from 3:00-4:00 pm this Saturday!

Farmer’s Market 

The Puyallup Farmer’s Market is a popular community event. With fresh produce, flowers, yummy bakery treats, and a plethora of different vendors, the market is a great place to spend a Saturday morning or afternoon. Support your local small business and community members.  The market is a very family friendly event (bring your furry friends along too, dogs love the market!) The market is on Saturday from 9am-2pm.

Pinot’s Pallete

Paint your worries away at Pinot’s Pallete. For an evening filled with art, food, drinks, and some good friends, what more could you ask for? They have several weeknight and weekend events with different options to pick from! Reserve your spot tonight. They have a great variety of paintings to choose from for all different styles and artistic preferences!

Watson’s GreenHouse 


We are all about tomatoes this Saturday! Whether you are looking for grafted, cherry, heirloom varieties or just interested in growing something new this year we have everything you need!


Join Aaron Cady, certified arborist, for this informative seminar on pruning Japanese Maples.

Click here to sign up for these classes!

Make the most of the weather and get outside this weekend! Spend some time in the parks, on the local trails, or down by the river! Have a great weekend and check in with us next week to see what is happening in the community!

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Puyallup Events (Jan 23-29)

It’s a new week in Puyallup. Check out the different events happening in the community! 

Sportsmen’s Show

It’s where the great outdoors comes indoors! Western Washington’s only Sportsmen’s Show features over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” camp cooking demonstrations, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, the “Head & Horns” competition and much more. This event is family-friendly and also good for those who want to be a bit more adventurous in nature. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality. We live in an amazing area of the world where the great outdoors is very accessible. Areas of interest include hunting, fishing, camping, guides and outfitters, resorts & lodges from western US, Canada & internationally, boats, RVs, 4×4’s, wildlife art, pack equipment, hunting dogs, 3D archery, horse and mule packing, and casting pools. If you love the outdoors, this event is not to be missed! The event begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday evening!

Hours: Wed – Fri, 12pm – 8pm; Sat, 10am – 8pm; Sun, 10am – 4pm
Location: Sleep Train ShowPlex – Enter at Blue Gate

Feed My Starving Children- Mobile Pack

FMSC is a global Christian hunger charity that donates nutritious, dehydrated MannaPack meals to missions running orphanages, schools, clinics, and feeding programs in nearly 70 countries. MobilePack program connects volunteers from across the United States to children across the world. We invite you to participate in these events by packing food or donating funds. This is a great way to give back and help those less fortunate.
Hours: January 27 at 12:00 pm to January 28 at 6:00 pm
Location: AgriPlex – Enter at Green Gate


Puyallup Public Library

Check out the calendar of Puyallup library events. This week the library is hosting:

24 -Tuesday
25 – Wednesday
26- Thursday
27- Friday
28- Saturday

High School Winter Sports

With the cold winter months in full swing, indoor winter sports are a great way for students to stay active and busy. Check out the different schools and teams and go out and support a student you know in the community. You can find the different sports, teams, and times here on the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) website.

Pinot’s Palette 

Painting and wine in one relaxing evening. Spend an evening at Pinot’s Palette in the Sunrise Village located on South Hill. Pick your evening here!

South Hill Mall 

Brawl at the Mall

Friday, January 27th 7 pm

Come out and support Rogers High School Rams Wrestling Team as they compete against Kentridge High School. Bring your canned food to help the Puyallup Food Bank restock after the holidays.


Cascade Regional Blood Drive 

Saturday, January 28th, 10am-2pm

Donate Blood on the Cascade Regional Bus located near Applebee’s!

Weather update

Have you enjoyed the warmer weather or do you miss the cold temperature and clear sky? With the temperature rise, it’s time to get back outside again! Check out local parks and trails to stay active in the winter!

That’s all for Puyallup this week! Follow us on Twitter or Follow us on Instagram @puyallupwashington. Check in next week for what’s happening in Puyallup! Make it a terrific week.



Holiday Shopping in Puyallup

The holidays are upon us and Black Friday kicked off one of the most successful shopping seasons since the economic downturn. Most people rushed to the major chain retailers for deals and sales. These retailers spend millions of dollars to get your attention and your hard earned money. Local businesses have a hard time competing with the advertising dollars of these large companies but they still deserve your money. There are many reasons for shopping locally. According to the Andersonville Study of Retail Economics, local businesses generate 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than the big retailers. It has been determined that if you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy. If you spend the same are a large business, only $43 stays in the local economy.

Holiday Shopping in Puyallu

Now that Black Friday has come and gone, it’s time to focus on shopping locally within your community. Supporting local businesses is the best way to help support your economy, your neighbors and your local community. We have compiled a gift guide based on local businesses in the Puyallup area to help you when it comes to shopping for your friends and family. Here are some of our favorite picks for both gifts and stores in the area!

Puyallup is a preferred destination for antique lovers. The Antique District in the historical downtown area boasts seven antique shops with hundreds and hundreds of dealers. For all those antique lovers in your life, there is no better place to find that unique vintage collectible than the Antique District. The aptly named 3rd Street Antiques on 3rd Street in the city has 15,000 square feet with 80 vendors. Victoria Sells Antiques has 10,000 square feet with a total of 80 vendors. Pioneer Antiques & Accrete Lighting on South Meridian not only sells a variety of antiques but Accrete Lighting has been offering quality replacement lamp and fixture hardware and parts to the antique community since 1986. Just a Memory, Kings Row Antiques and Collectibles, Her Shabby Chateau, and Junk and Disorderly Antiques and Gifts are more antique stores that carry a wide variety of collectibles, treasures, and antiques.

Friends and family members hunting for a gift for loved ones with a green thumb are lucky to have such an amazing nursery and gift shop like Watson’s. Not only does Watson’s carries a wide variety of trees, shrubs, Watson’s grown annuals, seasonal annuals, perennials, houseplants, veggies, herbs, seeds, and roses but they also have a wide selection of gifts and home décor. There are also practical gifts for the gardener in your life like tools, gloves, sloggers, soil, compost, fertilizers, pots and containers. Watson’s is an amazing place to find a gift for all those gardeners and if you are truly stumped, a Watson’s gift card is sure to be appreciated.

The holidays are the time to give not only gifts but to help those in need. The Nook is a charity boutique, operated by St. Francis House. So when out looking for a gift, the St. Francis House is a great place to find something and to donate to your community at the same time. St Francis House receives many “high-end” items beautiful, one-of-a-kind item like unique home décor, lovely jewelry, amazing china, silverware, vintage items, gently used and new clothing, books, artwork, furniture and more. The Nook is the best place to go on a treasure hunt for the perfect gift for a loved one for the holidays. Proceeds from The Nook go directly back to supporting the programs of St. Francis House. Come support the needy in your community by shopping for your holiday gifts at the Nook!

Jewelry is one of the best gifts to receive for the holidays. Johnson Jewelers in Puyallup has kept its doors open for over 100 years and has a reputation for being one of the best jewelers on the west coast. The jewelry store is located at 103 South Meridian and has been operated by the Johnson family for four generations.  This long-time family business has been delighting the hearts of fine jewelry lovers in the city for generations. In addition to watches and bridal jewelry, the shop owners also have their own line of custom creations that are exceptional and very high quality.

Foodies in the area love My Cheese Shoppe in the downtown district. The store which opened last June carries so much more than specialty, imported, domestic & artisan cheeses, they also have a wide variety of delicious artisanal treats including natural salami, raw honey, Spanish date & walnut bread, handmade artisan local caramels, handmade local artisan toffees, organic dark chocolates, fig spreads, peppadews, and more. They have more than 75 types of cheese in stock, which happens to be one of the largest selections of cheeses in the Pacific Northwest. Their main focus is on selling what they consider “clean cheeses” and those are cheeses that have not been processed. They only offer cheese that does not have artificial dyes, and the smoked cheeses smoked with wood chips or walnut shells, not liquid smoke.  They are committed to educating their customers about good cheese and have generous tastings for customers that are looking to expand their taste buds. Pick up some delicious tasty treats for those picky foodies in your life.

Pet Lovers and their pets can be difficult to shop for but have no fear, The Dog Daze Natural Pet Market is dedicated to providing natural pet supplies like foods, treats, and supplements for dogs, cats, and small animals. Come by and pick up some amazing natural products for all those animals in either your life or a loved one’s life. Your dog or cat also deserve presents for the holidays. The Dog Daze Natural Pet Market firmly believe that natural products along with providing exercise and positive affirmations will help your pets live longer, happier and much healthier lives. Give the gift of a love and life to your pet or to some who considers their pet a part of the family.

Wine Décor and More is located on North Meridian in Puyallup is the best place in the city to find exclusive hard-to-find wines that make for the best gift for the wine lover in your life. They currently focus on curating exclusive small production, hand crafted, and family-owned wineries from Washington and Oregon and they stock over 60 different wines from over 20 wineries. They have amazing wine gift baskets that include both bottles of win and food items. Baskets include crinkle filler, shrink wrapped, a beautiful bow, a small card, wine and food items. Wine chosen for baskets must be purchased from Wine, Décor, and More. Currently they have wines from the following wineries: Airfield Estates, Angel Vine, Benson Vineyards, Christopher Michael, Covington Cellars, Ginkgo Forest Cellars, Guardian Cellars, J Scott, Kerloo Cellars, Kontos Cellars, Lone Birch, Lupine Vineyards, Naches Heights Vineyard, Nathan Gray, Paul Rin, Robert Ramsay, Smasne Cellars, Sonoris, Spindrift Cellars, Trust Cellars, William Church and Woodinville Wine Cellars. Wine, Décor and More carries some amazing gift options for those looking for the gift of wine and more.

Gift shopping for the holidays can be hard but make sure that you use this guide to find gifts locally for your loved ones. Shopping locally is a great way to support your community and your local economy. Help spread the joy by visiting these stores in Puyallup. Tweet us and let us know your favorite places to buy gifts in the area!

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Daffodil Parade in Puyallup

Daffodil Parade in Puyallup

Spring is in the air and the daffodils are beginning to emerge to indicate the beginning of a beautiful spring in the Pacific Northwest. For the city of Puyallup the daffodils also signify the beginning of a wonderful event that celebrates the growth and spirit of the city. For over the last 80 years, the residents in the city have delighted in the events hosted by the festival. The Daffodil Festival is one of the best ways to celebrate spring in the city of Puyallup.

The Daffodil Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization in Washington whose mission is to foster growth and help with the betterment of the communities within Pierce County area. The Festival began on April 6, 1926 when Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Orton were hosts to civic leaders from 125 towns in Western Washington.
Their mission statement says, “The Daffodil Festival is dedicated to provided Pierce County with community service, leadership training, educational opportunities…and four fantastic parades!” Their core values include commitment to education, active membership and volunteers, inspiration from community service and the development and training of future leaders.

The Daffodil Royalty Court is one of the key components to the festival. The court is made up of 24 senior ladies from participating Pierce County High Schools that throughout the year work with the community to help develop public speaking skills, valuable lessons and help to grow their self confidence. They have the chance to meet and interact with people from their own communities from all ages, economic levels and local and government leaders. Even during the summer the Daffodil Princesses work to continue the spirit of the festivals by carrying the title of Official Ambassadors of Pierce County at other out of town parades.

The official list of events starts with the Princess Promenade which serves as the first full court appearance for the court. The Princess Promenade is the celebration of the inauguration of each girl as an Official Daffodil Princess. Other main events during the festival include the Queen’s Luncheon, The Queen’s coronation and Daffodil 5K Challenge. The 5K Challenge takes runners through four cities in Pierce County and includes each of the parade routes. The four cities each have independent races that when run all together create the Challenge. The Daffodil Parade is the ultimate celebration for the entire festival.

The Daffodil Parade is the culmination of the whole festival. The parade is this Saturday, April 9th and will travel through the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. The start of the parade is in Tacoma at 10:15am. The parade will then move on to Puyallup at 12:45pm, then Sumner at 2:30pm and finally Orting at 5:00pm. The parade will have over 180 entries including floats, bands, marching and mounted units. The floats are decorated with thousands of fresh cut bright and sunny daffodils that have been grown in the Puyallup Valley for over the last 80 years. The festival is fun for the whole family and is a great event that brings the local community together. Make sure when you are out at the festival to tweet us your photos or thoughts at on our Twitter. We can’t wait to see you all there!

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

St Patricks Day in Puyallup
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and most people like to go out and celebrate the feast day of St. Patrick of Ireland. There are many ways to celebrate this day for both people of age and younger kids in the greater Puyallup area. Even though many people look forward to this day for different reasons either for ancestral or celebratory motives, few people know the background about the day itself. Every March 17th, the Irish and those who feel Irish at heart around the globe celebrate the day that began as a religious feast for the patron saint of Ireland. Patrick was a 5th century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland and although little known about the man himself, he became a driving force behind converting the pagan Irish to Christianity. He spent many years roaming Ireland converting thousands of Pagans or driving off those that wouldn’t convert. The allegory “driving out the snakes from Ireland” comes from Patrick driving out those that did not want to convert to Christianity. The tradition of celebrating on the 17th comes from the belief that Patrick died on the 17th of March. The wearing of green for the holiday is said to come from Patrick using the three-leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. So with the history in mind, where do people in Puyallup go to celebrate the holiday? Here are the following hotspots in the city for people of all ages to be able to celebrate the fun and historical holiday.

For those revelers who are of age, the best place to celebrate is at your local Irish Bar. Puyallup is home to the TK Irish Pub and Eatery. Located downtown on Meridian in Puyallup, TK’s Irish Pub not only has a full menu but they also have a late night menu. This year for St. Patrick’s Day, TK Irish Pub will be celebrating the holiday for three days straight. Starting on Thursday, March 17th and continuing on Friday and Saturday, TK’s Irish Pub will have live music, a beer garden, food and drink specials and swag giveaways. There is a $5.00 cover for everyone 21 and over and they do offer a VIP bracelet for $25.00 that includes free cover, your first beer, skip waiting in line, and 10% off your bill for the rest of the year. Head down to TK’s Irish Pub for those 3 days for a rocking St. Patrick’s Day party.

If you are looking to be a little more healthy or active on St. Patrick’s Day, head a little bit out of Puyallup to Tacoma for the St. Paddy’s Day Run. There will be a 5k, 10k, a half-marathon, and a kids 1k on Saturday, March 12th. Packet pick-up and gear check is from 7am until 8:30am and the half marathon starts at 8:10am, the 10k starts at 8:40am and the 5k starts at 9:00am. Walkers and runners are welcome in the 5k. The kids race started at 11:00am. The Forum will open at 7:30am with Bud Light specials for those who are 21 years and older. You can register for this race at

On March 24th, the Annual Celtic Faire will be held in downtown Puyallup on Main Street. The cost is free and the event is for all ages. The Faire will feature a pet parade, musical performances, the “Great Kilt” demonstration, and the Clan Uprising. The Clan Uprising will feature members of several Scottish clans stationed around the faire to tell stories and provide history about their heritage. The Puget Sound Welsh Society will also be present at the faire. The Celtic Dog Parade will take place at 12pm that will feature many of the Celtic dog breeds like the Irish Wolfhounds, the Scottish Terriers, and many more. Bring your pups to downtown Puyallup to enjoy the Pet Parade. The well-known Scottish entertainer Red McWilliams will provide musical entertainment at the faire. He will be preforming inside Charlie’s Restaurant throughout the day. For all those who are curious about the tradition of dress of Scottish Highlanders, “The Great Kilt” demonstration by Cathy McWilliams will educate the audience on the history of dress while audience members assist Cathy in the traditional way of dress.

Looking for something not related to St. Patrick’s Day? The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, on March 12th and the 13th, the Washington State Fairground EXPO building is hosting the Crossroads Doll and Teddy Bear Show. The sales floor will be filled with dealers that are selling fine antiques, dolls, teddy bears, miniatures, supplies, furniture and accessories. Curious to know what those antique or vintage dolls and teddy bears are worth? Make sure to bring in your own dolls and teddy bears for appraisal. Marshall Martin from Antiques Roadshow will be on hand to appraise dolls and John Port, the world-renowned teddy bear expert, will be available to appraise teddy bears.

Whether you want go all out for St. Patrick’s Day or want something low key, the greater Puyallup area has a lot to offer. From pubs to a doll and teddy bear show, there are many reasons to head out to celebrate this fun and festive holiday. The city of Puyallup and the outlying cities offer a lot of fun of activities for all ages. Regardless of how you want to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day, we would love to hear about it! Tweet us at and let us know how you like celebrate the holiday!

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Puyallup Public Library

Puyallup Public Library

Education is a powerful thing. It is one of the most important things Ezra Meeker, our Puyallup pioneer, valued highly. The power of education not only enhances literacy, it creates inspiration and imagination. It can not only inspire yourself but help inspire others.

Before Puyallup was even a city, there has always been a library. Before the land cut down to a manageable level by Ezra Meeker, his wife Eliza Jane was lending out books from Puyallup’s Pioneer Park. She always knew the value of acquiring knowledge and that is why she would lend the books out of her cabin. Puyallup was growing fast, however, and the process of her lending out the books was becoming more difficult. Soon after several businessmen (8) got together with funds of $5,000 to form the Puyallup Library Association. They expanded the book lending efforts greatly. This new enhancement allowed them to hire their first librarian, Francis McCoy, who was paid $25 per month.

The first Puyallup Library was created by a grant that the City Council applied for. The City Council was persuaded/pushed by the local citizens to apply for it. During the beginning of the century about 3,000 Carnegie Libraries were built. Millionaire Andrew Carnegie was financing many of the public libraries during that period. This grant was one of the those opportunities and Puyallup was eventually successful. The initial library cost $12,500 and the City Council had to pledge $1,250 annually for supporting the new Puyallup Library. With the permission from Ezra Meeker, the library was built in the now Pioneer Park we all know today. Ezra donated the Pioneer Park with the agreement that it would only be used as a park, thus his permission was required before the library construction could be started. In 1913 the 4000 sq. ft. library opened and continued to serve the community for 50 years. Eventually, it just couldn’t support the growing community and the building was wearing down. The weight of the books were struggling to support all the books and it was declared unsafe.

A new building was proposed. Voters approved a new bond and with that a new library would be built. The cost was $210,000 and 11,622 square feet. The building was bigger, better, and much more modern. Puyallup’s population continue to grow rapidly it went from 12,450 to 30,740 people and the library items continued to grow as well. In 1962 it was more than just books now. The Puyallup library had computers, DVD’s, cd’s, and talking books. The rooms were always occupied with students and business meetings. In short, the library needed to grow to meet the demands of the city, students, rental items, and the growth of the city of Puyallup.

Another bond was presented to the voters and it passed on Sept. 14th 1999. The new building would be 39,500 sq. ft. Crowds came from all over Puyallup to witness the new opening of the library. It was a celebration and the people were anxious to experience it. The new Puyallup Public Library we know today has lots of space. It supports enough space for 150,000 books, 150,000 books, 20,000 videos, 12,000 talking books, and 10,000 cd’s. The also have computers which help and supports the process of finding more knowledge not only in the library but via the Internet. They have book meeting rooms and also studying rooms which can be used by students. Throughout the building you’ll find lots of tables for studying and friendly helpers. In 2009 during their first 4 months, the library lent out approx. 41,000 items per month.

The Puyallup Public Library is a must visit being a resident of Puyallup. It offers so much to the community. Not only the knowledge it provides but events as well. In Oct 2015, they have readings, public movie events, and award winning authors who you can meet in person.

Some of their programs include the Puyallup Festival of Books program. They have a full calendar of events on their site which are quite popular. On Oct 23rd and 24th 2015, they have the third annual Memories of Valor event. The Library has adult programs where you can get a guide to understand the communities history better. Volunteers help with this effort by using old photographs, year books, and other information which dates all the back to the 1900’s. There are also computer classes available for both adults and younger students. Kids’ Programs are available which focuses on making learning fun. More is available here but one of the more recent programs is called STREAM which stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math. The program is hands on with the goal of using activities to make it fun to learn. Other kid events include a Mad Scientist Library Lab, Chain Reactions, and Technology Exploration. They also have children authors who visit and storytelling events. The kids have a great time and love the activities. These events change all the time so you’ll want to check back on their website often to see what is new at the Library. Lastly, the Puyallup Library has weekly programs for teens throughout the school year. These include movie days, creative art events, comic book events, the Anime Club, gaming, and crafting events.

The Puyallup Public Library offers online tools also to help Puyallup residents find the information they are looking for 24/7. You can search by keyword, book, or author to get the information you’re looking for at the comfort of your home.

Address: 324 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 (in Pioneer Park)
Phone:(253) 841-5454

The park which includes the library is known as Pioneer Park. It features the statue of Ezra Meeker and the ivy location where the Meeker’s cabin once stood. Puyallup’s concert in the park is held here each year. The community really comes together for the musical events (Thursday nights). They bring lawn chairs, dance, and eat from many of the food vendors. The Park also holds the Pioneer Pavilion. The space is often used for the Famer Markets and also rented out for Weddings or special events. The newest attraction is the Kiwanis Kids Spray Park.

Concert Stage in Pioneer Park Puyallup

Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup

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Why Daffodils for Puyallup Valley?

Puyallup Daffodils

If you were to ask a Puyallup resident, circa 1880, what the most common crop in the Valley is, they would of course answer…? Hops??? Yes, it made many farmers Millionaires at the time, but today there is no trace of this crop in Puyallup. What about Daffodils you ask? Well, here’s how it all happened.

In 1865 the Puyallup Valley was covered in Hops. By 1900, there were nearly none left due to an hop aphid infestation, as well as a growing problem with mildew ruining the plants. At the time, hops was considered the best plant for the valley soil and climate, but growing frustration with failed crops had farmers looking to plant a different crop.

It is uncertain who brought the first daffodil bulbs to the Puyallup Valley, though many credit either Mary Ann Boatman, Emma Darrow Carson or Ruth Kincaid McCarty from their homes in the Midwest. While they added beauty to the garden around the homesteads, few would have foreseen the importance of the flower to financially save Puyallup’s farmers after the failure of the Valley’s Hop Crops. The first person to plant his fields with the Daffodil bulb was George Ward Lawler in the year 1910.. He had a plant stand in Fife at the time, and who’s business mostly consisted of selling his beautiful flowers to the upper class who passed on their new horseless carriages. So successful was Mr. Lawler during his first year, the next year Lawler expanded operations, purchasing 9,000 bulbs from England and Holland, importing some of the finest varieties. While all varieties were expensive with the high costs of shipping, Mr. Lawler had some exquisite bulb varieties that cost as much as $75 each, a fortune in that time. The daffodil farm had grown to 15 acres by the early 1920’s, on leased land in North Puyallup. It was at this time George Lawler needed to expand, but was unsuccessful in his efforts to lease or buy adjoining property to expand his increasingly successful operation. He finally left the Valley in the early 1920’s, moving to Roy, Washington where he continued to thrive growing daffodils and other bulb varieties. But, despite his absence from Puyallup, valley farmers closely watched his success. At this same time, domestic bulb growers in other parts of the country were complaining to the US government about unfair competition from Holland in undercutting the domestic prices of flowers. The USDA eventually placed an embargo on Dutch bulbs, and encouraged US farmers to pick up the slack to fill consumer need. At the same time, the USDA named the Puyallup Valley as one of the most ideal places in the nation in which to grow daffodils. Add to this a huge shipment of bulbs imported into Seattle, but unclaimed by its original purchaser. That was all the encouragement the Puyallup Valley many farmers needed.

In 1924, W.H. Paulhamus called a meeting of local farmers. He finally persuaded Charles and William Orton to purchase the unclaimed shipment. The Orton’s then in turn persuaded their many farmer friends to purchase some of the bulbs. Together, the farmers purchased the abandoned shipment, planted the bulbs, and this began Puyallup’s affiliation with the Daffodil.

Concerns about disease and insects led the United States to ban the importation of flower bulbs from Holland on January 1, 1926. The ban, “Quarantine #37,” changed bulb growing in the Puyallup Valley from a minor to a major industry almost overnight. In April 1926, a short 100 days after the ban took effect, the Puyallup Valley Tribune could brag that “the largest daffodil field in America – is right here in our own city. That same year, the Puyallup Valley Bulb Exchange was formed to promote and market the bulbs to the World.

Also popularizing the beauty of the flower and its burgeoning importance to the valley was the precursors to today’s Daffodil festival. When the Bulb Exchange was formed, Mrs. Charles Orton opened their home to visitors to view their beautiful home, view the daffodil fields and eat wonderful cakes while sipping tea. More than 400 visitors arrived to their home! So successful was the event that Mrs. Orton decided to make it an annual event. Many view this as a precursor to the Daffodil festival that started 8 years later in 1934.

Another event is credited to the current Daffodil festival roots. During the same year, the Sumner Chamber of Commerce held an annual banquet, which was decorated in grand displays of daffodils, not only in the banquet hall but on each of the diners tables. It was that banquet that in 1935 changed its name to the Daffodil Festival Bulb Banquet, and a flower show and official bulb farm tour maps were created. So popular was this event, that Express trains were organized to bring spectators to the valley to view the carpets of daffodils.

As stated above, the Daffodil festival began in 1934. The person who had great influence in this decision was Lee Merrill, a Tacoma photographer who recognized the waste in seeing the beautiful flowers die on the vine. At this time in Puyallup’s history, it was the bulbs that were valued, the flowers were a “by-product” of what the farmers really valued. In 1934, Merrill suggested the flowers be used to decorate floats and a more formal “Daffodil Festival” be held. He suggested that a true festival needed a queen, and certainly needed a street parade. So, for that first parade, a queen was chosen. Ms. Elizabeth Wotton was stopped on Meridian Street and asked to be the queen. She accepted this rather odd, but wonderful invitation. And so began the Daffodil Festival that still brings beauty, history and the events that are among the most cherished among valley residents to this day.

Those of us raised in Puyallup remember as children seeing a yellow carpet of the flowers lining the valley, but today’s children may find it difficult to understand our connection with this beautiful flower. Were there was once 40 daffodil farmers, there are now only five. And, their acreage is much smaller; less than half of what it once was. Not only are there less fields, but there are less blooms. One of the last major daffodil producers in the Puyallup Valley is the VanLierop bulb farm. With sophisticated methods of refrigeration, most flowers are picked before they bloom—to bloom later, when its best for the retailer.

So, now you know some of the story behind the growth, and the slow demise of our cherished flower. I very much hope we can keep some essence of the flowers importance to our Puyallup community. But, I fear, that the daffodil will be forgotten, just as the history of the Hop’s of the late 1800’s is largely forgotten.

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Central School in Puyallup (History)

Central School class photo in Puyallup

Students at Central School in Puyallup posed for this photo in about 1888. Today’s public school enrollment in grades from kindergarten through high school tops 22,250.

Fort Maloney served as our city’s first school at what is now Grayland Park. No longer able to accommodate a growing student population, in a building not originally intended to house a school, townspeople decided it was time for a new school to be built. It would be located where the present day Karshner Museum is located. Although larger than the room they shared in the Fort, accommodations were sparse. Logs served as chairs, students had no desks, and with no ceiling, the precious warmth remained high in the rafters. To help remedy this situation, and interesting proposal came about. One of the townspeople owned a flag that had once proudly flown over Fort Steilacoom. The flag was huge, large enough to easily cover the open rafters in the schoolhouse. So large, in fact, that it had to be partially folded to fit in the accommodating space. This school, dubbed the “Green School” because it was entirely coated in green paint, served the city from 1873 until 1886.

However, by 1884, it was apparent that the Green School was becoming to small to serve the growing community. Even with many additions, such as desks and large windows, the building was becoming increasingly inadequate. A new school was proposed, but taxpayers rejected the idea of building the planned $10,000 school. By 1885, a new plan was proposed, cutting the costs to $3,000. With a winning bid of $3,035, construction finally began. By summer 1886, the three-story school was nearly complete. All that was left was to place a 475lb. school bell at the top of the beautiful new building. When classes began in October 1886 enrollment stood at 140 students.

What happened to Central School? Unfortunately, in 1928 the building was destroyed by fire… But, the foundation of the original Central School was not destroyed. It was built upon and used as the original Stewart Elementary, and today that building serves as the Karshner Museum.

Old Central School Puyallup Washington

Puyallup's Central School old class photo

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Amazing Pictures of Puyallup’s History

We found these amazing pictures of Puyallup’s history. You must see them and share with your friends. Oh how times have changed in Puyallup downtown. What do you think?

Clearing trees in Downtown Puyallup.  1889
Clearing trees in Downtown Puyallup. 1889
Downtown Puyallup in 1883
Downtown Puyallup in 1883. Town Shops.
This view of Puyallup, taken from Central School's tower.
This view of Puyallup, taken from Central School’s tower.
Puyallup's Train Station.  1888
Puyallup’s Train Station. 1888
Downtown Puyallup 1890
Puyallup in 1890, Meridian St. looking South. Photo from Beta Womens Club Collection, Puyallup Public Library.
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Grayland Park and the Memorial Community Center

War Memorial Community Center in Puyallup

The Teen events held at this center exemplify the fact that there are many, many great teens in our world. All are welcome and everybody will have a great time. Events in the center harkens back to the days of the grange hall dances, big community events that somehow bring everyone together to socialize, meet new friends, and try out some new dance steps; just as we did as kids.

The story of Grayland Park and the Memorial Community Center:

In 1856, a militia of 17 men returned to the Puyallup river valley after the end of the Indian Wars. At the present day location of Grayland Park and the Memorial Center, on what was then the North Bend of the Puyallup River, they built a blockhouse, Fort Maloney, for protection from future Indian attacks.

After the Indian attacks stopped, Mr. and Mrs. John Carson operated a ferry crossing at this site for many years, and used the fort as their residence. In 1861, Fort Maloney became Puyallup’s first school, with Mrs. Emma Carson serving as its first teacher. The school had six students during its first year (2 of which were Mrs. Carson’s). At a starting salary of $50 per year, the city could not afford to pay her wage in full. Instead, they negotiated with Mrs. Carson to pay her wage over a 3 year period.

The depression forming Grayland Park is the remnants of the former Puyallup River bed left after the river was re-channeled in the early 1880’s. In fact, before the river was “moved,” the bend in the river actually created an island in the middle of today’s Grayland Park. The island was popular with picnickers, who walked over a footbridge on the northeast side of the park onto the island. But, the area often flooded, so in the early 1880’s, J.P. Stewart paid a contractor $300 to have 25 Chinese laborers dig a new river channel bypassing the bend that is now Grayland Park. Beginning in 1909, the Army Corps of Engineers began dredging the Puyallup River and straightening out is curves. In the 1930’s, the Public Works Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps began building the concrete levies that line the Puyallup River today.

During the 1920’s, Grayland Park was a “tourist camp.” It was very popular with tourists who would spend the night on their way to and from Mt. Rainier National Park. Amenities included a community Kitchen, hot and cold showers, and modern toilets. The park was named after S.R. Grey, Puyallup’s mayor from 1921 to 1932.

The war memorial was built as a tribute to the Puyallup servicemen who gave their lives for the country during WWII. To raise the funds, the entire Puyallup community was asked to stay home in mid-July 1948 between 7 and 10pm as canvassers went house to house gathering contributions. More than $19,000 was collected.

The end result was the construction of the city of Puyallup Memorial Community Center, which opened in May 1950.

The park is named after Steven R. Gray. He was the a very well respected contractor in Puyallup during the early 1900’s, constructing many of Puyallup’s finest buildings of the time. He also served as Puyallup’s mayor from 1921 thru 1932. Well respected in the community, he contributed much to our architecture, and our government. Additionally, he was a member of the planning committee planning the War Memorial Building, and donated his services to supervise the building the Memorial Building on the site which was to become the park named in his honor.

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Good Samaritan Hospital – History

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup

The Good Samaritan Hospital was a 225-bed acute care facility with an active staff of 250 physicians. Supplementing the staff are more than 800 volunteers who annually donate more than 50,000 hours of time to enhance patient care. The hospital changed it’s name to MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, however, it is still located in the same location in Puyallup. The building was also re-vamped during this process.

Do you want to learn a tiny bit about the History of Good Samaritan Hospital? Here is a very abbreviated history for your enjoyment…

As early as 1906, Ezra Meeker had put his “Meeker Mansion” up for sale after the loss of his hop fortune. It was also during this time Ezra’s wife’s Alzheimer’s disease progressed to the point she moved to Seattle to live with her daughter. And to know anything about today’s current hospital, we need to know a little about the communities first hospital. In 1910 the Meeker house was leased to the Bair brothers to be used as a Sanitarium. The first hospital in Puyallup was apart of the Meeker Rest Sanitarium. Opened in 1910, the Sanitarium was located in the Meeker mansion, during a time which it stood empty. After about a year, the Hospital/Sanitarium was deemed financially unsuccessful, and a new Administrator was appointed. Patient care improved, but it still could not compete with Tacoma hospitals. By 1915, the Mansion was sold, further adding to the need for a modern hospital for the growing city.

It was that same year the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic turned the mansion into a home for surviving widows of Union soldiers of the Civil War.

Finally, in 1922 five area doctors (Raymond Morse, F.F. Cullen, W. Karshner, S.D. Barry, and C.H. Alyen) opened the Puyallup Clinic, a community hospital they build with their own money. The building is still standing in the 100 block of 4th Ave. NW. In 1935, the Clinic was renamed Puyallup General Hospital. However, it was still a financial failure. So, in 1951, the Lutheran Welfare Society took over management of operation, and again changed its name to the now familiar Good Samaritan Hospital.

The Lutheran Welfare Society, at this same time, also owned a financially floundering hospital on the property today’s hospital stands. Because care was limited in scope to Diseases of Old age, along with psychotherapy, this limited patient care was threatening the financial heath of the hospital. But now, with their downtown hospital filled to capacity, the decision was made to consolidate both facilities on its current site. Now, residents had one location for both their health and mental health needs.

Whether your delivering books to a patient, or playing with a baby with a broken arm, your smile will make it a better day to those who you help. Good Sam is the regions premier hospital, but always is on the lookout for warm and caring volunteers to make the patients stay’s at the hospital the best it can be.

Departments and Descriptions – call directly to see if any of these departments are still available. (253) 697-4000

Diagnostic Services

Good Samaritan’s Lab is a full service laboratory, including hematology, chemistry, microbiology, a blood band and pathology. The Lab is staffed 24-hours a day to serve inpatients, outpatients and physician office needs.

Nuclear Medicine
Using pharmaceuticals with radioactive isotopes attached and gamma cameras, diagnostic procedures such a s bone scans and cardiac studies are performed by technologists under the supervision of a physician who is a specialist in nuclear medicine.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

State-of-the-art MRI magnet and imaging unit.

Diagnostic X-ray, CT scans and Ultrasound procedures are carried out by technologists under the supervision of a physician who is also a specialist in radiology.

Vascular Testing
Vascular testing is usually used for peripheral vascular disease, abnormal spastic changes in fingers toes, and other related conditions.

Treatment Services

Fully staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and nursing personnel, the Emergency Department provides acute care, cardiac, and trauma services to more than 40,000 patients each year. A telephone consulting nurse is available 24 hours a day.

The hospital’s Surgical Department has a skilled professional and technical staff plus highly sophisticated technology, including several surgical lasers. This department includes Outpatient Surgery, which allows patients to return home only two to four hours after a procedure.

Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory Therapy professionals provide care and education 24 hours each day to patients with breathing difficulties or disorders. Special services are also available for lung function studies, neurology studies, sleep studies, asthma education and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Cancer patients have access to a full range of options, from diagnosis through treatment, with both impatient and outpatient services. Our 23-bed unit is staffed with specially trained nurses and caters to the unique needs of cancer patients and their families. Patients are also offered complementary therapies – music, pet and massage – to aid in their healing.

Medical Psychology
Medical Psychology helps patients use their mental abilities to cope with the stresses of their conditions, control their pain with fewer medications, and make their treatment program effective.

Obstetrical Care
This unit provides private birthing rooms, 24-hour rooming-in, a nursery capable of caring for all but the most critical of newborns, and a full range of classes to support the birth process, including prepared childbirth, breast feeding, a returning-to-work class for breast-feeding mothers, and sibling preparedness. Lactation consultants are also available, and there is telephone follow-up with patients following discharge. Baby Beepers are also offered. To register for classes call directly to see if it’s still available at (253) 697-4000

Critical Care Center

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
ICU provides nursing care to patients needing maximum medical attention. Staff members are skilled in the use of advanced cardiac life support.

Special Care Unit (SCU)
SCU provides nursing care for seriously ill patients who require more monitoring than can be provided in an acute-care unit.

Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehab services are designed to help people with heart disease recover faster and return to productive lives. The program helps people with asthma, chronic obstructive disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis return to their fullest potential.

Health Rehabilitation Center
Rehabilitation services are available to persons of all ages in a variety of settings, including the hospital, clinics, home or community, depending on specific medical and clinical needs, treatment goals, available family support and resources.

Impatient Rehabilitation
Impatient Rehabilitation services are provided to people who require a high level of medical care, or 24-hour rehabilitation nursing and specialized therapies. the program is managed by a physiatrist. Other members of the rehab team can include rehab nursing/care coordination, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, social work, case management and therapeutic recreation.

Outpatient Rehabilitation
Outpatient Rehabilitation services are provided when the constant medical and nursing attention offered in the impatient setting are no longer required but the patient still needs therapies and/or outpatient nursing checks. Specialty services include vesicular rehabilitation, specialty clinics for seating, spinal cord injury treatment, amputation or contingency, disabled driving evaluation, hand therapy and bio-feedback. While most outpatient rehabilitation services are designed to assist with resolving recent medical concerns, we also work with people facing longer term rehab challenges and needing reassessment or re-evaluation to develop new or improved treatment plans.

Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
A dedicated pediatric rehab team is trained to assess, treat and instruct children under age 19 and their families challenged by functional disabilities caused by accidents, illnesses or congenital problems.

Work Rehabilitation
Work Rehab offers therapy specifically designed to get injured workers safely back to work. A variety of rehab specialists evaluate and re-train people in new ways of doing their jobs and applying new work-related skills. Services include performance-based physical capacities evaluations, work conditioning and/or hardening, job specific testing and job analysis, evaluations of job-site and/or workplace modifications, injury prevention, education and consulting.

Good Samaritan School
Child and Family Services also operates a therapeutic school for adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. 848-4045

Other Adult Services
This program addresses unique needs of older adults and the families who care for them. It provides individual assessment, counseling sessions, geriatric day treatment, psychiatric services, geriatric residential services, in-home behavioral health care, volunteer peer counseling and consultation and direct services in area nursing homes.

Adult Services
Adult specialists assist with personal, family and work-related problems, such as depression, stress, anxiety and other life-adjustment issues. Support services are also provided to adults experiencing significant limitations due to mental illness.

Crisis Services
The 24-hour crisis please call them directory at (253) 697-4000

Child and Family Services
Child and Family programs are designed to meet the unique needs of children exhibiting mood, behavior or adjustment problems.

Children’s Therapy Unit (CTU)
A regional center providing evaluations and therapy for children with nerve and muscle disorders, birth defects and/or developmental disabilities. CTU staff provides specialized services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, clinical and neuro-psychology, assistive technology and orthotic intervention. Established in 1966, the Children’s Therapy Unit was the state’s first hospital-based therapy program exclusively for children with neuromuscular disabilities.

Center for Independence
Helping severely disabled people achieve more independence in their daily lives.

Good Samaritan In-Home Services

Home Health/Hospice and HomeCare
Providing consistently high-quality, in-home heath care to adults and children since 1972. Our Home Health program helps return patients to their prior level of functioning before surgery or illness. We also provide in-home behavioral health care services.

Hospice care is for terminally ill patients wishing to remain at home. Medical care is provided as well as a respite for the family and bereavement follow-up.

HomeCare provides trained staff members to care at home for clients of any age. This can include in-home respite for the caregiver, personal care to an elderly client or continuous skilled care. Sleep-over care is also available.

Community Living Services
Offering a variety of residential option to young adults and older adults. These services range from structured programs with 24-hours supervision to independent living. The continuum of services includes congregate care facilities, intensive supported living services, short-term crisis respite beds, shared independent living houses and subsidized supported living apartments.

In-Home Respite
Periodic or daily respite care for non-housebound clients.

Teen Parent Resource Center
This program provides teenage parents with the help they need for every aspect of pregnancy and coping with a baby and parenthood. A wide range of classes, support groups, and many things necessary to help out the young parent are available.

Providing nutrition, health information and vouchers for nutritious food to pregnant women, breast-feeding women, infants and young children.

(Encouraging Relationships In The Community And Home)
Provides access to the community for people with developmental disabilities. Staff members take clients to local stores and accompany them on social outing to help them build relationships with others.

Mobile Health Services
Offers health-promotion and disease-prevention activities by providing health screening, child and adult immunizations, and health education at schools, senior citizen centers and businesses.

Senior Wellness Project
Offers regular classes, programs and seminars especially for seniors.

Family Support Center
Provides family-based advocacy, health and education services. Also includes parenting education, nutrition services, family support services, immunization services and information and referral.

ElderCare Family Services
This program provides a variety of services to older adults and their families to help them comp with normal and disease-related functional disabilities. Telephone information and referral services connect families to services in the community and at the Hospital. Nursing and social work staff members provide in-home assessment and help families find the care they need, deal with difficult decisions and understand care options. Other services include support groups, Lifeline emergency response, and Alzheimer’s and caregiver library, overnight respite services and classes on caring for aging parents and dementia.

Celebrate Seniority
This senior member program helps older adults stay health by providing access to services, health education classes, healthy activities, and senior-specific educational materials.

Community Education
Good Samaritan regularly provides a wealth of information regarding health care, disease-prevention, nutrition and wellness through its Community Education Classes.

Healthcare Resource Center
Combines into one, a convenient facility the Hospital’s multiple clinics that provide educational resources, support and chronic-condition management. The center, located at 1420 S. Meridian St. houses the

•Asthma Management Clinic
•Anti-Coagulation Clinic
•Diabetes Education Center
•Heart Failure Clinic
•Nutrition Clinic
•Pediatric Endocrinologist Clinic

Patients enter the Healthcare Resource Center programs through a physician’s referral.

Urgent Care Center
The center provides walk-in services and care for patients when those services are not available at their doctors office.

Health Consultant/Physician Referral
This service features symptom-based telephone triage, physician referral, resource coordination and health information provided by consulting nurses.

Speakers’ Bureau
Experts from Good Samaritan Community Healthcare are available to speak about a wide range of health care topics at churches, schools, businesses and community groups.

Please note: This information is to used as a historic archive for information. Please call the hospital directly for any questions. This information above may or may not have changed. (253) 697-4000.

Address: 401 15th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98372

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Ezra Meeker History & Photos

Ezra Meeker History

Ezra Meeker, was born December 29, 1830 in Huntsville, Ohio, the son of Jacob Meeker and Phoebe Meeker. By the time he was 10 years old, the Meeker family had moved to Indiana, near Indianapolis. Even at this young age, Ezra Meeker had a pioneering spirit, insisting he walk and explore; he walked nearly every step to Indiana.

In 1851, he married his childhood sweetheart, Eliza Jane Sumner, and together they headed out west in search of land. After a bitter winter in Iowa, they joined the Oregon trail immigration, finally arriving in Kalama on the Columbia River. In 1853 they moved to McNeill Island, then again to Tacoma. After an unsuccessful mercantile venture in Steilacoom, Ezra moved his family to Puyallup in 1862. Until now, he had ignored the valley, preferring to live in other parts of the Puget Sound. In the 1860’s many settlers ignored the valley because the extremely dense vegetation and forest made land very difficult to clear. Soon however, the fertile soil underneath this thick vegetation was discovered for its ability to grow healthy and abundant crops, and settlers began the back breaking work of clearing small plots of land. It wasn’t until Meeker began to see the potential of reaping great profit from the land that he chose to settle in Puyallup. In fact, at first, Meeker only cleared the land immediately around his cabin, and in that narrow path, amongst the un-cleared stumps that still remained is where Ezra planted the first Hops in the valley.

Ezra Meeker was actually about 20 years behind the first valley settlers, and was not a founding father as many today believe. In part, it was a serious lack of money that finally convinced him to come to the valley. Ezra had very little money. For a coat, it was said he used a blanket with a hole cut in it for his head. He and his family lived in a tiny cabin (on site of our current Puyallup Library & Farmers Market – which Eliza helped to start) for the next 26 years (until his Mansion would be built). During this time, his only source of income was helping other landowners clear their land. That was until his Hop crops began to make Ezra Meeker and other land holders very rich – at least for a while…

A brief History of Meeker Days

Ezra Meeker Day’s began in 1939 when a group of civic leaders formed the event to promote the life and spirit of Pioneers as exemplified in the life of our community founder, Ezra Meeker.

The Day’s of Ezra Meeker, as it was called at the time, was cancelled for the years during WWII. In 1946 the celebration was revived, but then marred by tragedy. A popular event during the celebration was a Cops and Robbers type play, featuring the Kangaroo Kourt and Keystone Kops. During the performance of the play, a community member perished in a fall from a roof while attempting to “escape” the Keystone Kops. The event continued another two years, but finally cancelled as this tragedy weighed heavy in the minds of the community.

However, nearly 20 years later, the Puyallup Boosters and Puyallup Jaycees revived the event as a summer promotion. In 1978, the name was changed to the current Ezra Meeker Days, continuing the tradition of honoring the Pioneer spirit which gave root to our Puyallup community.

Ezra Meeker Statue
Ezra Meeker statue located in Puyallup, Washington Downtown.
Ezra's wagon
In 1852, Ezra Meeker and his family came west by wagon over the Oregon Trail, eventually settling in the Puyallup Valley. As the years passed and cross-country travel became easier, Meeker worried that people wouldn’t understand the hardships of the early settlers. Beginning at the age of 75, he made several trips across the Oregon Trail and urged its preservation. He supported his project by selling his books and photos.
Ezra Meeker's Oxen Dandy and Dave
Believe it or not, Meeker’s Oxen, Dandy and Dave were “preserved” by a taxidermist and are on display at the Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma, Washington
Ezra Meeker Wagon Display
Also on display is one of Ezra’s Wagons used on at least one cross country trek. Carvings in the wood and writings on the covering canvas mark dates and locations along his journeys.


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The Hop Industry in the Puyallup Valley

Puyallup Valley Hop Industry

Growing hops was important to the development of Puyallup. Pioneer Ezra Meeker was known as the hops king of the World when this photo was taken about 1890. The hops boom went bust in 1891.

A brief History….

When settlers first began arriving in the valley in 1854 they found the valley floor consisted of dense strands of cedar and cottonwood trees, with often dense brush that was very difficult to remove with the tools available to them. Many of the first settlers continued to search for land elsewhere, unaware of the rich soil that lay beneath the brush. Ezra Meeker and his brother were among the first to arrive. After inspecting the valley, he at first rejected any notion of living in the valley, writing that it would take back breaking labor to clear the land.

As settlement in the valley started to take hold, settlers did work hard to clear enough land for a cabin, and to grow some food to sustain their families. Then, in 1855, Indians in the valley became increasingly dissatisfied with treaties being forced upon them by the U.S. government. They destroyed all but one of the settlers homes. Many settlers did not return to the valley. The settlers that remained were in dire financial need. The Meeker’s had suffered the greatest. Not only was property destroyed in the valley, but their mercantile business in Steilacoom had failed too because merchandise ordered – sank in a shipwreck on its transport to Washington. The money to buy the supplies had been borrowed, leaving the Meeker’s in desperate financial need.

At that time, another Meeker relative had been persuaded by a friend in Olympia to attempt to grow hops on his land, a thought that seemed crazy to most residents. On his way back to Sumner, he stopped off at Ezra’s cabin to drop off the hop roots. Ezra planted the roots among the tree stumps around his cabin, on the land that is now Pioneer Park in downtown Puyallup. From those few roots, Ezra Meeker made $157.27. In the 1800’s, that was like striking gold. The word about the “crop” spread quickly, and soon every farmer in the valley planted the Hop roots.

Hops quickly become Puyallup Valley’s biggest cash crop. During the next quarter century, hops brought the valley more than $20 million, making Ezra and his family wealthy.

Ezra became a hop broker, and frequently traveled the World marketing the valley’s hops. Disease and mildew finally put an end to the crops. Today we know the Puyallup valley for it’s daffodils, but it is the hops that started our history, and gave original valley residents the wealth, fortitude and persistence to stay in the valley and to shape our future.

Backup plan the Park Hotel in Puyallup:
The Grandiose Hotel that never was…One of the most talked about buildings in Puyallup in 1890 was the Park Hotel. The structure was to cover an entire block and would have been three stories high. It was to be built with an anticipated $40,000 from the booming hops industry. The construction of 83 luxurious suites, an adjoining restaurant, and the possibility of an additional 40 rooms, was well underway when the hop boom went bust. The hotel was never completed. After years of disrepair, the structure became “home” to unsavory individuals who used the building as a sort of flophouse. The amount of “guests” became larger, and the inhabitants began terrorizing the community for food and money. Finally, Washington States Governor came from Olympia and finally persuaded all to go home. For awhile afterwards, the building was used to store bailed hops, but the building had no other uses and went into further disrepair. Finally, a group of local citizens bought the building and property, and soon began to demolish the shell of a building that was to become Puyallup’s grandest, most beautiful building.

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What’s with the name, Puyallup?

Puyallup name origin why

In short, the name came from an Indian phrase “pough,” which meant “add more,” and “allup,” which meant “the people.” The Indians who lived in Puyallup’s river area, he said, always gave more than needed or expected to other Indians who came to trade. They were a very generous people.

Our first settlers in the valley began to know the town as Meekersville, after Ezra Meeker, the one most considered the first to plat the land in the valley. Mr. Meeker wasn’t fond of the name, so when the first postmaster was asked by the government postal office the name of the town, he replied Franklin, named after the first postmasters (J.P. Stewart) hometown in New York. However, this name frustrated settlers who found that because Franklin was a common name for communities throughout the still forming United States, their mail often ended up in the various Franklin’s throughout the States. Once Washington became a state, Ezra Meeker was asked to supply a name for the town in which this land laid, he choose Puyallup as its name.

Why Puyallup? Ezra was determined to pick a name that no other town in the United States would have, or ever likely have in the future, so that citizens would be assured that any and all mail addressed to “Puyallup” would no doubt find its way to this distinctively named city.

In later years however, Ezra Meeker always questioned (and regretted) his decision, seeing the difficulty those from outside the region had in pronouncing the name or interpreting its spelling.

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Warner Melvin Karshner Biography (Karshner Museum)

Dr. Warner Karshner Puyallup

Warner Melvin Karshner was born in December of 1874 on his father’s farm in Ohio. After a brief move with his family to Kansas, his restless father was unhappy with the weather of the Midwest and very quickly decided to move to the new territory of the Pacific Northwest. Soon after arriving in the Puyallup Valley, Warner’s father purchased a 3-acre farm in the N.W. corner of Puyallup. Warner quickly embraced his new town, loving his surroundings and the opportunities for work in the Valley. Picking berries and hops for area farmers was one of his first jobs, but he also was a janitor at the Central School, and was a sexton of the First Methodist Church where he rang the bell for services and stoked the furnace. But despite these opportunities, Warmer’s father wanted nothing more to do with civilization. He sold their farm to John R. Rogers (future governor of Washington and namesake of Rogers High School). The family moved to the Olympic Peninsula where the family filed a new homestead claim.

Despite his fathers desire to live a life on a farm without influences of civilization, his parents truly valued education and had a great desire for the best education for their children. So strong was this belief, it was decided that Warner, his 3 brothers, one sister, and his mother would move to Olympia where they could attend school during the winter. In the summer, all were needed on the farm, but this sacrifice was made during the winter where education could be the focus of family concern – and pride. Warner graduated from High School, then enrolled at the University of Washington. To save money, he and a friend lived in a shack they built on the university campus. During the summer months, he worked on a fishing boat to earn the money to pay his tuition. Incredibly, to save money, he would walk from Gray’s Harbor (where he fished) to Seattle each fall. In the Spring, he would then walk back to Gray’s Harbor.

After graduation in 1898, he returned to the Puyallup Valley to teach school. He primarily taught at Maplewood Elementary, although substituting at all Puyallup schools.

Karshner’s goal was not to be a teacher, however. He was saving his money to attend medical school. After saving enough for a years tuition, he enrolled in the Northwestern University Medical School near Chicago. there, during his last year of studies, he met Ella Hibbert and soon after, asked her to be his wife. After graduation, he returned to Puyallup to establish a medical practice and built a home on 4th St. S.W. and West Pioneer. With that done, he married his Ella on March 4, 1905. A few years later, their only child was born. Paul Hibbert Karshner became the centerpiece of his parents lives.

Dr. Karshner’s contributions to our city live on today in many ways, the most obvious being that of the Karshner Museum, and in the many lives he brought into the world with the over 2,000 babies he delivered in our community. For 25 years, Dr. Karshner had taken care of most all the health needs of Puyallup’s citizens, lovingly assisted by his wife Ella Hibbert Karshner, whom he married on May 14, 1905.

The early years of his practice were difficult. There were no health care facilities in the Valley, and few modern conveniences such as electricity, running water, and with only the basic medical equipment. Soon after he was appointed as Puyallup’s health officer in 1909, conditions quickly worsened as a case of Bubonic plague was discovered in Puyallup. U.S. Public Health officers visited Puyallup, ordering Dr. Karshner to clean up the city. This was a time in Puyallup’s history were many downtown buildings were in shambles from neglect and abandonment, where there was no sewer lines and no garbage removal systems in place. With Dr. Karshner’s insistence, several buildings were condemned and burned, and the City of Puyallup put in a sewer system and forced city residents to hook up to the sewer. With Dr. Karshner’s efforts, Puyallup became much cleaner, sanitary, and “modern” as a city. As a result, the plague was stopped. Incidences of typhoid fever also nearly vanished, a problem once prevalent in the growing city of Puyallup.

Even without modern facilities and patients lack of transportation, Dr. Karshner found ways to treat all his patients. This often included house visits, occasionally performing surgery on a patients kitchen table if needed. But always close to his heart was education. Before becoming a doctor in our city, he served for many years as a teacher in Puyallup before entering medical school. He also served for many years on the Puyallup School Board, and was elected to the Washington State legislature where he chaired the Education Committees.

In 1917, the same year he was elected to the State Senate, he entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps, serving as chief physician and surgeon of a military hospital in Georgia. He returned to Puyallup in 1919.

It was in 1924 that their only son, Hibbert Karshner, died of a polio epidemic in September of 1924. Paul was only 17 years of age, just beginning his senior year at Puyallup High School. In memory of their son, they established the Karshner Museum. The Karshner’s also established two scholarships at Puyallup High School in his memory. They continue to be awarded even today.

Shortly after his son’s death, Dr. Karshner decided to give up his practice in Puyallup and return to the University of Washington to seek another degree. He did in fact complete a Pathology Degree at Harvard University, returning to the UW to teach pathology the UW medical school.

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Puyallup is a fun place to visit. The Washington State Fair brings in people from all over the region, sports tournaments bring people to the area, people come for business, or just to enjoy the beauty of Washington. With so much happening in the area Puyallup has several accommodations that will fit the bill for any stay. Many hotels have easy access to freeways, dinning, and shopping. You will be sure to enjoy your stay.

Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn is located five minutes from downtown Puyallup. It serves a complimentary breakfast daily, and each room has a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. A gym is accessible during you stay, and a free pass to Bally Total Fitness Center (next door) is provided upon request.

Hampton Inn & Suites

Located in downtown Puyallup, this accommodation offers free Wi-Fi, a continental breakfast and gym, in a contemporary design. Hampton Inn & Suites provides a comfortable and memorable stay for guests.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott                               

Located near the Washington State Fair, the Fairfield Inn & Suites is extremely close to downtown Puyallup and local amenities. The hotel offers an indoor pool and hot tub, free Wi-Fi, a continental breakfast, and gym. It has everything you could need for a stay in Puyallup.

Best Western

Located in South Hill, the Best Western is a full service hotel that offers comfort and wonderful customer service. It has great freeway access, and is only a short drive to downtown Puyallup, the mall, and restaurants. This is a great stay if you want the best of both downtown Puyallup and the South Hill area. There is great patio seating, full bar, and indoor pool (for those rainy Washington days).

Northwest Motor Inn

 Northwest Motor Inn is located in downtown Puyallup. It is an economical choice of stay that allows you to enjoy nearby amenities. It is extremely close to the Washington State Fair and has great freeway access.

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Historic Meeker Mansion

Meeker Mansion Puyallup

The Meeker Mansion in Puyallup is one of the cities most treasured attractions.

Born near Huntsville, Ohio on December 29, 1830 in a log cabin, Ezra Meeker life spanned a period of almost a century in which he lived to see a nation of 13 million spread to the far Pacific with the population increasing 10 times. He took a noticeable role in the expansion and development. (Ezra Meeker history & photos)


Ezra Meeker was a trailblazer, author and a superb salesman of the Pacific NW.  Meeker is almost certainly known best for his 25 year struggle to interest the nation and particularly interest Congress to the marking of the Old Oregon Trail, over which three hundred thousand immigrants had travelled searching for a start that was fresh in the West.

Known throughout the World

Long before this epic adventure Meeker had already lived a three score and ten years of purposeful and vigorous life by pioneering and leadership that made him well-known not only locally and nationally but internationally. There are very few men who have accomplished so much in a lifetime.

Trail West

In the late 1800’s, Ezra Meeker married Eliza Jane Sumner then in April of 1852, a son was born. When his son named Marion was only 7 weeks old they joined the trail west with total possessions of:

• two yoke of oxen;
• one wagon;
• three cows;
• provision for the trail;
• High hopes.

Five long, dusty, hot and very fatiguing months they finally reached Portland, Oregon on October 1st, with only 3 dollars.

Staked His Land

They eventually settled in today’s Puyallup. It was there that Mr. Meeker staked his claim, cleared the land and then became a very influential, and one of the richest men in the state, as well as internationally and nationally famous in commercial circles.

The Meeker Mansion is an Italianate Victorian mansion with 17 rooms. Located on Spring Street in Puyallup, this home built by Meeker and finished in 1890. Meeker finished building this very impressive mansion as a gift to please his wife. The home was designed by Ferrell and Darmer Architects from Tacoma. The Meeker Mansion is now owned and operated by the Meeker Historical Society which is a 300 member, private, non-profit corporation.

Lets continues its history….

Ezra Meeker accumulated his wealth during the 1870’s from the hops he grew in the fertile valley soil. Together with his wife’s inheritance, they had their home (today’s Meeker Mansion) built for a cost of $26,000. The mansion rooms included a billiard room and a third floor ballroom as well. It even was built with a rudimentary intercom system of speaking tubes to connect the rooms. The home was a show piece in the community, and a truly loved home of Ezra’s wife, Eliza Jane. However, within a few years, Meeker’s affluence was becoming less as the infestations of valley crops drained much of his wealth. The home was becoming a financial burden to Ezra and his wife Eliza Jane, but Ezra vowed he would not move his wife from the house she loved so dearly. The financial strain continued until Eliza’s death in 1909, but Ezra kept his promise. That same year he put the home up for sale.

After years as serving as a hospital, a home for the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, a nursing home, it was finally given to the Ezra Meeker Historical Society in the early 1970’s. The building was in a terrible state of disrepair. Water leaked through the ceiling into the once grand ball room. The gorgeous hand painted ceilings had been painted and plastered over. The building was an eyesore to the community. But, the society, with hard work, dedication, sweat and much manual labor, their persistence paid off. The Mansion is now on the National Register of Historic Sites, and again is the pride of our Valley’s past.

The Ezra Meeker Historical Society receives NO state or federal support. It is their fund raisers, admission, and mostly hard work that preserves this landmark.

Hops Market

In 1865, Mr. Meeker, with father and his brother, planted a few rows of hops and started an industry that soon was to affect the entire commercial world, bringing millions of dollars into the area of Puyallup Valley as well as the NW. During the next 30 years, he cornered the hop market of the world, accumulated a very large fortune, and became a merchant, then a bank president and promotor of the NW, lecturer and proponent of railroads and roads. (Read more about Puyallup’s hop industry)

Historic Society Formed

The “Ezra Meeker Historic Society” was established in 1970 to protect one of the town’s momentous historic places, Meeker Mansion. They then changed the name to The “Puyallup Historical Society at Meeker Mansion” and now are a non-profit organizationthat operates and restores both the home and the grounds.

Tours of the Mansion

There are tours at the Mansion, both guided and self-guided as well as educational tours for students. During the year, the Mansion can be rented for various parties as well as community events and weddings.

This Mansion is a must see attraction, when visiting in this area of Washington.

Historic Landmark Place Meeker Mansion
Historic Landmark Place Meeker Mansion. Washington State.
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Karshner Museum

Having tragically lost a son, Dr. and Mrs. Warner M. Karshner founded the museum in 1930 as a tribute to their son, Paul H. Karshner, who was at the time, about to start his senior year at Puyallup High School. Over years of collecting pieces for the museum, in 1935 the Karshner family donated the collection to the Puyallup School District. The museum remains close to its school district roots, not only sharing Stewart Elementary “campus,” but also by integrating part of it’s collection with the curriculum of the district. What better way to learn about the NW Indians but to visit “your own” district museum? The Karshner Museum is a terrific resource for every student in the district, and every family in the region.

The museum includes collections of fossils, rocks and minerals, wildlife, sea life, microscopic slides, artifacts by North American Indians and fro the South Pacific, Alaska, South Africa, Nigeria, India, Philippines, Japan, China, Mexico, and South America. Students view and study the collections in ever changing exhibits, many of which invite the children to touch. In addition there is a fine museum library of rare books and magazines, maps, documents, photographs and original manuscripts.

The collection of more than ten thousand artifacts donated by the Karshner’s has been added to over the years by members of the community who have identified with the museum and donated their own collections, artifacts, and specimens.

Some highlights: an oil lamp from 300BC., a stone point used 30,000 years ago, a Northwest Costal Indian basket display, artifacts from our earliest Pioneers, or walk into classroom set up to appear as it was 100 years ago. There is so much to see in so small a space, so check back often, as only about 20 percent of the collection is on display at any one time.

Not only is this museum excellent, but so to is their website. Or, make sure to bring your family to one of the open houses during the first Saturday’s of the month, where your family can explore the museums wonderful collection.

Karshner Museum Puyallup Photo
Karshner Museum

In the Words of the Karshner Family:

“The aim of this memorial school is to improve a serious local defect so commonly found in the public schools of our state. Book knowledge becomes valuable only to the extent that it can be visualized and thoroughly understood. As historical and scientific exhibits and demonstrations help to satisfy this pedagogical need, we feel that a teaching museum should find a place in every school. This small offering although consisting of several thousand specimens, manifestly is very incomplete. It can but serve, therefore, as a stimulus to scientific study and provide a nucleus for future additions. It is our wish that the specimens be preserved intact and undisturbed, else they become disarranged and broken. Further specimens, added from time to time, should be promptly classified and cataloged. We hope that this collection will continue to serve and grow, so that the Puyallup schools may ever prove a leader in education.”

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Puyallup Library 2002 Construction

Old Puyallup Library 2002

Address: 324 South Meridian, on the south end of Pioneer Park.

Hours: 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday
10am to 6pm Friday
10am to 4pm Saturday.
The Library is closed on Sunday

Our New Library Opens August 30th, 2002!
*See photo’s of the new Library Construction from the air! below*

Photo’s from the Ground….
The Library phone number is 841-5454 and their fax is 841-5483

Story Hours:
This is a terrific way for your child to experience a book, sitting amongst peers sharing a journey through the words spoken by the librarian. The smell of old books in the air, wide eyed children listen to the words, while others struggle to remain quiet. It’s a great experience.
Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

1½ to 3 years – 10am
3½ to 5 years – 11am
*registration for story hour is required*

Yes, the library would love you to volunteer. You might find yourself re-shelving some books, and find that perfect book to read on a rainy weekend. Give the library a call, they would love your help. # is 841-5454.

Puyallup Library construction 2002













Downtown, Education, Puyallup

Foothills Trail

The foothills trail winds a path along the Puyallup river, from behind Kmart to the bridge on 5th St. N.E. Eventually, with more funding, the trail will run the entire length, from Puyallup to Buckley. Included will be a branch from Lower Cascade Junction to Wilkenson and to Carbonado.

Where the Burlington Northern train once moved coal and lumber, now is paved and used by hundreds of runners, walkers, horses, bicyclists, and roller-bladers. There are open grass areas, and picnic tables where a home made meal tastes perfect in the fresh air and summer sun. Or, if you simply need a break from a brisk walk, benches with views of the Puyallup river can be found along the pathway. A perfect setting where family’s often stroll in the summer sun, stopping to talk to neighbors and old friends. Children use the path to walk home from school, couples walk hand, bird watchers scout the banks for glimpses of a majestic bald eagle, fishermen try for one that didn’t get away, and everyone enjoys the gorgeous views of Mt. Rainer and the Puyallup River.

The section of trail through Orting is one of the more scenic trails I have ridden. Traveling (or walking) east from the parking area between Mc Millen and Orting, you have a full, unobstructed view of Mt. Rainer in all its beautiful glory. New housing developments blend with open farmland. Riding the trail during the summer weekends affords special treats, like the small community festivals Orting holds throughout the summer.

To traverse the trail at different times of the year is to see an up close view of the seasons, and the changes those seasons bring. Where corn grows high in a field during the hot summer heat, cows stroll with there young in the early spring. The late summer floods of the Puyallup River are contrasted by the mid summer fishermen standing on the sand bars in which dominate during the mid summer months. In autumn migratory birds pass overhead on their route to warmer climates, while others decide the towering trees above the river are a perfect place to raise their little bird families. No matter the time of year, there is always much beauty to see and experience.

Some history of the trail. Much of the land was acquired from the Burlington Northern Railway’s abandonment of their rail bed in 1982. Other land was purchased through grants and federal matching funds. It has been a long, difficult process for the visionaries behind this project. The founder recognized the need for a trail system in Puyallup, and seen the wonderful potential for a path along the banks of the Puyallup river. Through painstaking work, the Coalition was able to acquire sections of land, piece by piece, permit by permit, in hopes of creating this trail.

Sadly, the project is currently delayed because of those same salmon. The protection of salmon has stopped further expansion of the trail, as the county worries about is potential impact on salmon spanning. Currently, the Salmon Recovery Act has mandated biological assessments concerning the impact of expanding the Puyallup and the South Prairie Foothills Trail segments, which has delayed their expansion. The South Prairie section has been granted preliminary approval from National Marine Fisheries, but the full biological assessment process will not be complete until late summer or early fall! Perhaps we can again resume with trail expansion by early 2001, depending on their findings.

The northern end of the current trail, from Mc Millen to Sumner has it’s own unique set of problems which have slowed expansion. Under Federal Law, while these tracks (and their required easement) were granted to Burlington Northern Railroad, the railroad can in turn either lease the tracks to another company, or allow an entity to purchase the easement for use as a public thoroughfare. Fortunately, both the railroad, and the current holder of the lease on this section of the tracks have come to an agreement, the trail will soon be extended to the current location of the VanLierop farm near East Pioneer. Additionally, local farmers insist their business will suffer from the trail expansion, or they may suffer lawsuits over trail users inhaling the chemicals used in treating their crops. (?). Regardless, the trail will be extended, and thousands of users will soon enjoy the expansion for walking, biking, rollerblading, and enjoying the beauty of the valley.

The Foothills Rails-To-Trails Coalition does need our help in completing this wonderful trail. Along with the trail, the Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition is hopeful that, along with the city of Puyallup, other land currently available can be purchased for an additional city park, with facilities for a Tiny Tot playground, and additional riverfront grass open area for all to enjoy. It is an obtainable goal, but only with your help. With a monetary donation, a call to your legislator or the city of Puyallup, or an appearance at a city council meeting, we can get the funds for that park, playground, and parking lot. Let’s make this happen!

Any donation, and all your help are greatly appreciated.