As you know I’ve been walking around the Coupeville area and Ebey Prairie for a long time. This morning I came across a marker I’d never seen before. A trail was freshly cut through the grass and weeds to expose the marker. This was along the road near Ebey Landing.
Before I show you the marker I’ll share a little history of Isaac Ebey. He was born in 1818 and moved to Whidbey Island in 1850. In 1853 he drafted a memorial to Congress asking for the division of the Oregon Territory for the area lying to the north which he called the Columbia Territory. Congress agreed to the memorial but thought that Columbia might be confused with the District of Columbia and changed it to Washington.
During the Indian War of 1855 – 1856 he served as a Captain of Company 1, First Regiment, Washington Territorial Volunteers. He practiced law and was very influential in the area.
A Haida Indian Chief was killed by American forces at Port Gamble. The Haida raided these waters regularly from their home island 400 miles to the north. They believed in a traditional practice of killing a chief for a chief. On August 11, 1857 Isaac Ebey was shot, scalped and beheaded by the Haida Indians. It’s believed that his head was buried on Smith Island and his scalp went to a Kake village. In 1860 the scalp was purchased and returned to the family where it was buried with Isaac’s body.
So here’s that marker marking the spot of his demise.
Here’s a picture of Isaac Ebey.
I saw another sign on the reserve that I hadn’t noticed before. It’s a sign describing the Robert Y. Pratt Memorial Preserve. The Pratt family owned much of Ebey’s Landing for almost a century. Robert Pratt inherited the land in 1939 and kept it preserved as it was in his childhood. He died in 1999 and gave 147 acres of his land to The Nature Conservancy’s preserve at Ebey’s Landing.
Here’s the sign with a map. If you click on it you should be able to read it.
This sign is at the start of a trail that runs for one mile from Ebey’s Landing to the Sunnyside Cemetery. It passes the Jacob Ebey house and blockhouse. Here’s the trail looking toward the cemetery.
Back on the other side of the island in Coupeville I took a picture of Tuesday’s “rush hour”. Man I love this town.
Have a great day 🙂