Ezra Meeker

Ezra Meeker Statue & Cabin in Pioneer Park

October 6, 2015 Education, Puyallup

As I was driving down Meridian yesterday, I came across the sun shinning down on the Ezra Meeker statue and the ivy cabin area where his home originally was built before the Meeker Mansion we know today. Ezra and his family lived in the cabin for 26 years! The ivy was actually planted by his wife Eliza Jane to provide shade for the cabin in 1864. The ivy continued to flourish (as we all know it does) many years afterRead More

Ezra Meeker History & Photos

September 23, 2015 Downtown, Puyallup

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 aRead More

What’s with the name, Puyallup?

September 22, 2015 Downtown, Education, Puyallup

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.Read More

Historic Meeker Mansion

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) Career Ezra Meeker was a trailblazer, author andRead More