Monday, May 3, 2010

Top Three Landmarks in Puyallup, Washington

Educational Museum, Historic Mansion, and Annual Fair Await in Puyallup

Puyallup, Washington, was named after the Puyallup Tribe of Native Americans. Puyallup means "generous people." Puyallup is rich with history in people, places, and events since it was founded in 1877.

Paul H. Karshner Museum
The Paul H. Karshner Museum was originally founded to honor the memory of Dr. and Mrs. Warner M. Karshner son, Paul, who died of polio in 1924. The Karshner's left the museum and it's 10,000+ items to the Puyallup School District for use in the education of its students. The Puyallup School District operates this curriculum-based museum for its students from Kindergarten through fifth-grade. The students receive age-appropriate hands-on presentations. This type of museum that is run by the school district is one of a select few in the nation. The school district and museum invite the community to attend Family Days to explore the museum.

The Meeker Mansion
The Meeker Mansion is where Ezra and Eliza Jane Meeker lived. After Eliza Jane's death, Ezra moved out of the home, never to return. Now, the mansion is available to rent for weddings and other celebratory events. Teas are also held throughout each month. Tours are available, for an admission fee, most of the year. Check with the mansion for tour times before going. The Meeker Days Festival honors the Meeker's and all that they did for the Puyallup area. The Puyallup Main Street Association invites all from near and far to join the the (hopefully) summer weather and activities. For 2010, the festival will be held Father's Day weekend, June 18-20.

The Puyallup Fair and Events Center
The Puyallup Fair and Events Center began in October 1900, on a small vacant lot. Except for closure due to World War II, when the fairgrounds was renamed Camp Harmony (1942) and then used by the U.S. Army, the fair has been ongoing. The Puyallup Fair is the largest annual event held in the State of Washington and is usually in the top ten for largest fairs in the United States. The Fair runs for seventeen days each September. There is something for everyone at The Fair. Major headliners for music concerts, roller coasters, an entire section devoted to the youngest fair goers, plus exhibitors in multiple buildings (food, clothing, sewing machines, gardening displays, and much more) The annual Spring Fair is held each April for four days.

Puyallup is full of history. Take some time to learn more about these three landmarks in addition to the rest of the area just waiting for you to discover it.