Close to 150,000 Scandinavians settled in the Pacific Northwest between 1890 and 1910.  That made Swedes the largest foreign-born ethnic group in the state! Swedes worked in the woods, in the Ballard mills, on the railroads, in construction, in the mines, on the docks on Seattle's waterfront, and as farmers around King County. You can still see the traces of their labor around the area.


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How long have there been Swedes in Seattle? Read about here (at Historylink.org)

Maybe YOU have Swedish Ancestry? Find out here!

Dr. Johansson started Swedish Hospital in 1910. Read more here

John Nordstrom recognized the potential of the northwest a hundred years ago. Read more here