Genealogy blog at all you know that we are Norwegian. Everyone in our family has at least some distinct Norwegian in them. Even my husband who would tease me about it and then turned out he was too! HA! ...
So I thought - how neat would it be to share some of the local history. A girlfriend came here and I was showing her around with the kids. Our first stop, historic Poulsbo ... to show her the amazing Norwegian Heritage that burst out in the downtown streets.
strong Norwegian heritage began over 100 years ago in the late 1880's.
Jorgen Eliason is credited with founding Poulsbo. Jorgen, his sister
Rakel and his 6 year old son E.J. came to Poulsbo from Fordefjord, Norway,
by way of Michigan in 1883. A month after Jorgen's arrival, Ivar B.
Moe with his wife and three sons arrived from Paulsbo, Norway,
via Minnesota. They settled at the head of the bay to develop a farm
on land that has since become Poulsbo Village Shopping Center. Because
of it's majestic snow-peaked mountains and fjords, Poulsbo was soon
settled by many more Norwegian and Scandinavian immigrants who likened
the landscape to their beautiful Norway.
many years, Norwegian was the only language spoken by the citizens of
Poulsbo. In 1886, Ivar B. Moe felt there was enough people on Dogfish
Bay (later named Liberty Bay) to warrant a post office. He made an application
and called the new town Paulsbo. The Postmaster General misread
Moe's handwritting and listed the new post office as Poulsbo. Transportation
in Poulsbo's early years was by boat, horseback and foot. Major buying
and selling was via a boat trip to Seattle's Pike Place Market. Fisherman
from the Bering Sea brought their catch of codfish here for salting
and preserving----one of the largest codfish processing plants in the
Northwest. It was also here that lutefisk was processed. Townspeople
and visitors can still eat lutefisk at the First Lutheran Church's annual
Lutefisk Dinner the third Saturday of each October. This church, founded
by those early Norwegian settlers, sits on the bluff overlooking Poulsbo.
Service is held in Norwegian each year during Viking Fest.
"mosquito fleet" of steamers sailed from Seattle to Poulsbo for some
60 years, carrying passengers and freight. Poulsbo's strong ties to
the water is still evident today, with the presence of three marinas
on the shore of Liberty Bay..
downtown waterfront area was at one time part of Liberty Bay. In the
1950's the community worked together to fill part of the bay to form
Liberty Bay Waterfront Park and Anderson Parkway. Some of the buildings
you see today were once on pilings. The Kvelstad Pavilion, a popular
spot for summer weddings and family gatherings, was added to the waterfront
park later. Within a span of five generations, Poulsbo has changed from
a rowboat on an untouched shore to a thriving community with "small
Above info is copied from Poulsbo, WA, USA Heritage website
Here are some photos I took from Liberty Bay Park and even of the Kvelstad Pavilion weather vane.
Ivy (my niece) and Noah are a year apart, she's a year younger. She's tall for his class and he's short. LOL...