"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." A.Holmes

Sunday, July 19, 2009

View Of The Past

See the tower ? It is on the end of the dock in front of our hotel, and near the ferry loading docks.The ferries come and go to Victoria , Canada several times a day. As one walks on the dock to get to the tower you pass a building..... ...the roof of which is seen here from the tower. The building houses a Marine Life museum and hands on Marine life experiences for people. The sides of the building have 4 very large, life size murals depicting the early history of Port Angeles. So I am going to give you a small history lesson...it's not too uninteresting. "This depicts the 1750 Indian Klallam Village, I-enn-nus. The name Klallam means 'strong people' in their language. They were primarily a hunting / gathering culture but also practiced forms of agriculture." "Today many Klallum cultural and traditional practices continue among Native people here on the Peninsula." "This 1889 scene shows The Puget Sound Cooperative Colony. It's founders, frustrated with the world as they found it, decided to create their ideal of an utopian society." "These people were responsible for building the first opera house, many of the first Christian churches, first schoolhouse,steam shipyard and lumber mill as first depicted in this mural. Unfortunately , this cooperative as an organization did not last more than ten years due to internal conflicts of interest, however, many of the people stayed and helped make Port Angeles what it is today." The mural artist, Cory Ench, spent many hours researching for this mural." All quotes were copied from the sign on the dock explaing this mural.
"I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work God has done from the beginning to the end." Ecclesiastes 3:10,11

14 comments:

Mildred said...

I enlarged the picture and that is such a beautiful area. Very pristine with lots of areas to sit and take in God's beauty. Thank you for sharing the history also.

noble pig said...

Interesting. There have been oher modern day movies depicting a type of utopian society people develop in order to escape the world as they know it. Of course it always seems to end in frustration as it seems to have done so there as well.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Interesting history - no utopian society works as soon as there are two humans involved! The Pacific tribes were fascinating in building larger wooden structures - I'm used to the plains Indians and everything (other than cliff dwellings) was pretty much portable.

anniesgoathill said...

Very interesting!

Thank you for the beautiful photos too, Kathy.

Mary

Lanny said...

Like I said, we live in a rich state! Thank you for sharing some of our states beauty and history.

KathyB. said...

Mildred, there is so much scenery I did not photograph that would just take your breath away. Port Angeles is very much like the area we live too...

Noble Pig,In my brief half century of life I have seen many people who have banded together for a common, noble and idealistic cause...churches, clubs, affiliations, community endeavors, family, etc.., and seen not only the self-destruction of these endeavors, but the very people who loved each other so much so as to start something good together have grown apart and hate each other...sad, and so very human.

Linda Sue, as I said above, get humans together and look at what turmoil can ensue! I think the Pacific Indians homes and boats very much resemble the Viking long houses and boats. They are so different from most Americans' view of Native Americans.

Annies' Goat Hill, thank-you!A little bit of history never hurts anyone!

Lanny, I am ever awestruck by our states' beauty and resources. We have the oceans, the high, high mountains. the rain forests, the deserts and plains, the lakes, rivers and prairies..vast rich farm lands, we have deep canyons that rival the Grand Canyon for beauty and rivers so deep and vast and plentiful they provide power for other states and ours...we have ancient forests with trees as large and old as the California redwoods...all within a day's driving distance or less. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our state!But shhhhh! We really don't want everyone out there to know.

Nancy M. said...

Great photos! I love history. That's a great story!

Shellmo said...

What a beautiful place - loved that first photo! And I always love hearing the history of an area.

Karen said...

What a beautiful area you live in! Thanks for the pics and interesting history.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Kathy,
Thank you for sharing the history and photos of the beautiful area where you live. I have a minister friend who lives in Port Angeles. He used to be the youth directory at our church. His name is Rev. Don Herr. I wonder if you've ever heard of him? It's a small world as they say. Have a great day.

Susie said...

That looks like a wonderful place to explore. Love the history.

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Just love the pictures and the history! So lovely. blessings,Kathleen

BT said...

What an interesting post. The photos on the mural are lovely and the history lesson excellent. I never imagined native American indians staying in one place like that and building structures.

I have had experience of the 'love-ins' at the start of a new club/society/group and the break up and falling out that ensue. Sad really.

Daisy said...

Looks like a lovely spot, Kathy. I hope you had a good time there. :)