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Statue Of Chief Seattle Unveiled In Washington

On November 13, 1851 a group of Americans from Illinois landed at Alki Point jutting out into Puget Sound and started a settlement. The local chief was Seattle, a leader of the Duwamish tribe known as a warrior and a speaker. He traded goods with the Hudson Bay Company outpost near Olympia giving him early experience in dealing with whites. Throughout the Puget Sound wars against Native Americans, Seattle kept his people safe and out of the fight. The town respected him enough to give the city his name.

On November 13, 1912 known as Founders Day, a statue of Chief Seattle by James Wehn was dedicated with the great chief’s grand-daughter Myrtle Loughery doing the unveiling in Tilikum Place in downtown Seattle. Seattle is shown standing with one arm raised in greeting.

Unveiling of Chief Seattle statue in Tilikum Place
November 13, 1912

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