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Photo of North Edgewood School from 1888

North Edgewood School 1888 

Federal Way Area School History
This 141 page monograph is intended to discuss the history of schools in the Federal Way area from the late 1800s to the present time. This presents the individual schools known to exist from the late 1800s to 1929, the consolidation of schools into the Federal Way School District 210 in 1929, and the growth of the school system from 1929 until the present.
Federal Way Area School History (PDF - 1.4 MB)


The Barker Cabin

The Barker Cabin
This 65 page article provides a history of the oldest original structure in Federal  Way. This homestead cabin was built in 1883 by John Barker. Barker lived in this cabin with his wife and three children for seven years.
Barker Cabin (PDF - 342KB) 

 Denny Cabin  May 1883

Denny Cabin May 1889

The Denny Cabin

David Denny was part of the original party that settled Seattle in 1851. This monograph tells his story including his construction of the Denny Cabin in 1889 for use as a real estate office to promote the sale of land at the foot of Queen Anne Hill, including the land that now makes up the Seattle Center and surrounding land. The 93 page monograph also tells why the Denny Cabin ended up in Federal Way and describes the restoration work accomplished by the Historical Society of Federal Way.

 Denny Cabin /powercms/files/DavidTDennyCabinJuly272011.pdf



Father Peter Hylebos

 Father Peter Hylebos, St. George's Indian School and Cemetery
This 29 page article provides a discussion of the man, his works and his place in the history of Federal Way. The key activity for Federal Way was the construction and operation of St. George's Indian School.
Father Hylebos and St George's Indian School /powercms/files/FtHylebosJuly92009.pdf

 Federal Shopping Way

 Federal Shopping Way
A history of the first major shopping center in Federal Way along with it's founder J.R. Cissna.
Federal Shopping Way  /powercms/files/FShoppingW.PDF

 The Natural History and Geography of Federal Way

This 15 page article is intended to provide information relating to the formation and present conditions of the landforms and water resources of the Federal Way Area. Primarily this includes the last ice age which dramatically affected the soil and water of the area. A discussion is made concerning the presence of peat in the area, the present soil consistency, the water table and drainage and the trees and other vegitation..

 Natural History /powercms/files/Natural-History.PDF


Muckleshoot Indian Girl

 The Native America Presence in Federal Way

This 149 page monograph is intended to provide the information available for the presence of Native Americans in the Federal Way area prior to large-scale settlement by non-Native Americans. It also includes a discussion of Native American relations with the white settlers from 1792 up to the present.

  Native American Presence /powercms/files/Native_Presence.PDF

   Federal Way Dance Halls
A history of the Dance Halls in Federal Way in the first half of the 20th Century.
Federal Way Dance Halls /powercms/files/DanceHalls.pdf
   Federal Way Schools
A pictorial history of the schools and their naming.
Federal Way Schools - Part 1 /powercms/files/FedWay_Schools1.pdf 
Federal Way Schools - Part 2 /powercms/files/FedWay_Schools2.pdf
Harold Booker and the Struggle Against Racism in Federal Way

Harold Booker and the Struggle Against Racism in Federal Way, 1962-1970

This 17 page article describes Harold Booker and his struggle for racial equality in the Federal Way area during the 1960s and 1970s.

Harold Booker and the Struggle Against Racism in Federal Way /powercms/files/HaroldBookerJuly222013.pdf  

The Federal Way Teachers Strike of 1974

The Federal Way Teachers Strike of 1974 

This 55 page article describes a major teachers strike that took place in Federal Way in 1974 leaving bitter feelings up to the present.


The Federal Way Student Strike of May 1938

The Federal Way Student Student Strike of May 1938

This 12 page article describes the strike students undertook to show support for their recently fired principal.






For more information on King County History, try HistoryLink.org, the King County and Seattle Historical website.

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