Port Townsend FoundedThe Hastings Family in Port Townsend
Port Townsend was established in the 1851, the same year as the Denny party founded Seattle on what is now Alki Beach, by Loren B. Hastings and a group of adventuresome settlers. They had come up overland from Portland to the Sound and then by canoe looking to homestead in Washington Territory. They discovered a beautiful natural harbor and a relatively congenial Native American community of the Makah people. The settlers returned the next year, 1852, with their families and Hastings' wife Lucinda was the first European woman to set foot in the territory. Port Townsend was founded. Frank Hastings, who would later build the house at 313 Walker St, was 4 years old when he arrived. The city grew and prospered due in part to its perfect location at Admiralty Inlet, entrance to Puget Sound, and in part to the unsurpassed beauty of this region of the Olympic Peninsula. Port Townsend was designated the port of call for the US, requiring all maritime traffic to stop and declare customs and pay tarrif. Envigorated by a steady flow of sailors with pay, the local economy boomed. The railroad was working its way north from Portland; the future of the city was secure; Port Townsend dreamed of becoming the New York City of the Pacific Northwest.