Homeowners Do Not Need to Worry About Mold Remediation and Repair in Seattle
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Situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is a seaport city with over 4 million people living in the metropolitan area alone. Close to the Canadian border, it is a major port for trade with Asia.
Europeans Arrive & a City is Born
The Denny Party arrived in Seattle on November 13, 1851. At that time, Native Americans were living in the area and had lived there for at least 4,000 years. The settlers, led by Arthur A. Denny, had traveled via the schooner Exact. They moved from their original destination to Elliott Bay. In 1852, the city was named Seattle to honor Chief Si’ahl.
People of the Inside
Two different tribes inhabited the Seattle area, the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The Duwamish are estimated to have lived in Seattle since approximately 8,000 BCE. They are a Lushootseed speaking tribe. Before they interacted with Europeans, they descended from two different people groups:
- The People of the Inside (the environs of Elliott Bay)
- The People of the Large (Lake Washington)
There are many tribes, even today, that are interrelated and interconnected with nearby tribes throughout the Puget Sound-Strait of Georgia basin.
Before the White Settlers Came
There have been sites discovered at West Point, which is part of Discovery Park, that are at least 4,000 years old. The Industrial District of Seattle was once the location of the mouth of the Duwamish River and villages. The People of the Inside lived near the following waters:
- Elliott Bay
- Duwamish River
- Black River
- Cedar River
Several prominent villages, of the thirteen throughout Seattle, were in this region. Other groups were the People of the Large Lake and the People of the Small Lake and were culturally similar. They did consider themselves to be a distinct people from the People of the Inside. Today they are all part of the Duwamish tribe.
The Suquamish tribe is also a Lushootseed speaking people. They are a federally recognized tribe as part of the Treaty of Point Elliott agreement, which was put in place in 1855. Chief Seattle signed the treaty on behalf of the Suquamish and Duwamish. The Port Madison Indian Reservation is owned by the Suquamish.
In 1792 George Vancouver decided to explore Puget Sound. This was when he met the Suquamish people. It was their first contact with Europeans. It is believed he may have met Kitsap, thought to be one of the most powerful chiefs from 1790 through 1845. More contact with whites would take place as the British established trading posts.
The Treaty of Point Elliott
In 1855, the Native American tribes of the great Puget Sound and the United States Government enacted a lands settlement treaty. It was one of thirteen such treaties in Washington state. Signed on January 13 at Point Elliott, it was ratified in 1859. The treaty did not stop the fighting that was going on in the area. The Treaty of Point Elliott established the Tulalip, Swin-a-mish, and Lummi reservations. Chief Seattle (Si’ahl) was the chief of both the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes and signed the treaty. Other signers included:
- Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens
- Chief Patkanim – Snoqualmoo and Sno-ho-mish tribes
- Chief Chow-its-hoot – Lummi tribe
- Chief Goliah – Skagit tribe
Oher tribal representatives signed the treaty as well. The treaty was supposed to guarantee fishing rights and reservations, but not all tribes were granted reservations. Part of the problem was the Indians believed the treaties would take place immediately upon the signing, not realizing that is not always how the wheels of the white man’s government turned.
Industry Comes to Seattle
Logging was the first major industry. The term Skid Row comes from the lumber boom. Today’s Yesler Way was once known as “Skid Road” after an incident involving lumber skidding down the hill from a nearby sawmill. The term later morphed into Skid Row as a result of the dereliction in the area. By the 19th century, Seattle had moved into bigger things. It became a commercial and shipbuilding center. During the Klondike Gold Rush, Seattle’s second major boom, it was the gateway to Alaska.
The Gold Rush Turns Seattle Into a Transportation Center
The Klondike Gold Rush was a blessing to all of the United States as it ended the depression. Seattle quickly became a transportation center. The miners headed to Alaska, and the Yukon used Seattle as a supply point and for transportation. While that was lucrative for a while, the real moneymaker, in the long run, was the feeding and clothing of the miners. The city was competing with other cities in the exchange business for the miner's business and had to be competitive. The economic benefits from this boom would fund many new ventures in Seattle. Some of the major businesses to come out of it were:
- American Messenger Company – started by 19-year-old James A. Casey in 1907 with $100 he borrowed. It later became UPS.
- Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer
SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation and Repair Services to Seattle Residents
Mold is everywhere, and where there is moisture, it grows. In a seacoast town like Seattle, there is plenty of moisture year-round. Mold should never be ignored. For one thing, it can cause health effects. It also can ruin whatever it comes in contact with and it spreads rapidly. SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest can mitigate the problem by:
- Finding and removing the source of moisture
- Containing the affected area
- Cleaning impacted services with a variety of techniques
- Sanitizing with antimicrobial and antifungal agents
- Using HEPA vacuums and filters
- Implementing controlled construction as needed
Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” It is better to leave mold remediation and repair to the professionals. DIY methods can make the situation worse if you use the wrong products. Our technicians are certified in mold removal and have the proper PPE. Contact us at (206) 362-9295 to schedule your appointment.