Walking in the Steps of the Settlers in Gig Harbor, Washington
In an age where road trips equipped with GPS, cell phones, and surplus gas station snacks still seem fraught with danger, it's almost impossible to imagine life in early Gig Harbor, when the first settlers arrived from as far as Croatia, traded fish with local tribes to survive, lived in tents while building homes, and sent their children to school in canoes. All along the Gig Harbor waterfront are parks, buildings, statues, and other historical highlights marked by informational plaques. Come to know the early settlers, their businesses and industries, and their family sagas. Beginning at the old ferry landing, where pilings hearken back to the pre-Tacoma Narrows Bridge days, follow the plaques around the curve of the harbor for a mile, and travel to 1841 and back.