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Lynden History Timeline

A brief look at Lynden's life span from the Gold Rush to Automobiles.



  • 1842 - First caravan crosses the U.S. on the Oregen Trail

  • 1852 - The first non-native settlement made on Bellingham Bay

  • 1853 - Holden and Phoebe Judson cross the U.S. on Oregon Trail, and settle in the Centralia area, south of Olympia

  • 1858 - Fraser River Gold Rush

  • 1860 - First Non-Native settlers arrive after leaving gold rush

  • 1860 - Col. James A. Patterson settles in Lynden area

  • 1860 - Reuben Bizer settles in prairie land around Lynden area

  • 1865-69 - Daniel McClanahan, Joe Emerling, Daniel Kilcup, Harry West, and George Rehberger settle between Lynden and Everson

  • 1870 - Holden and Phoebe Judson are first family not connected to the gold rush to move to Lynden area

  • 1872 - Enoch and Mary Hawley family move to Lynden

  • 1873 - Lynden's first post office established

  • 1876 - Lynden's first school established, taught in a home

  • 1877 - First log jam removed from Nooksack River

  • 1879 - Second large log jam removed from Nooksack River-First steamer arrives in Lynden named "Fanny Lake"

  • 1882 - First school house in the Hawley log building

  • 1884 - Maltby and Robinson open first saw mill

  • 1885 - Prof. J.R. Bradley establishes Normal School, later WWU-Guide Meridian opens in Lynden to west end of Wiser Lake

  • 1886 - Hawley opens his mill

  • 1887 - First woman doctor, Mrs. E. A. Gillett-Methodist Church, Lynden's first church building, completed-Lynden's population reaches 125

  • 1888 - Lynden prints first newspaper, The Pioneer Press-Drug store opened by Dr. White-Opera House opens above Judson's store-Capt. Maltby builds the steamer "Triumph" in Lynden

  • - Creamery Opens

  • 1889 - Grade School building at Fishtrap Creek opens-Population reaches 500 by February-Lanning Hotel built-Washington becomes a State

  • 1890 - Population reaches 1000 by June

  • 1891 - Lynden is incorporated-Holden Judson is elected Lynden's first mayor

  • 1894 - Bridges are built over the Nooksack River, connecting Lynden with the Guide Meridian

  • 1897 - Bill Waples opens Lynden Department Store

  • 1899 - Holden Judson dies at age 73

  • 1902 - Co-Operative creamery formed

  • 1903 - Waples Shingle Mill and Light plant opens

  • 1904 - January 1, B.B. and B.C. Railroad opens line to Lynden

  • 1905 - Lynden State Bank opens

  • 1908 - Pioneer Press renamed the Lynden Tribune

  • 1912 - Puget Power begins to supply electricity

  • 1913 - First Lynden Department Store burns down

  • 1914 - Lynden High School building completed, now Lynden Middle School-Front Street paved

  • 1915 - First National Bank opens

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