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Pioneer woman of North Cascades operated roadhouse, raised a family

  • Written by Woodinville Heritage Society

The story of Lucinda J. Davis, a pioneer woman of the North Cascades, will be featured Saturday, Feb.18, as part of the Woodinville Heritage Society's monthly program series. The program is 10-11:30 a.m. at Brightwater Education Center, 228th Street SE and Highway 9.

Presenting the program is Jesse Kennedy III, PhD, recently retired director of the Skagit County Museum in LaConner. A popular speaker, Jesse Kennedy appeared several months ago in a Woodinville Heritage Society program about the Skagit Hydroelectric Project. Dr. Kennedy spent 40 years in government service and academia, including serving as the first cultural resource manager for North Cascades National Park in 1995 where he supervised the identification, management, and protection of archeological and historic resources and a museum of over one million objects.

This time, he will focus on tiny Lucinda Davis who operated a roadhouse on the rocky trail from Marblemount to the "end of the road" at Cedar Bar in the late 1890s. Trappers, miners and explorers who trekked 24 miles into the North Cascades found this diminutive woman raising her three children and offering hearty meals for forty cents and beds for twenty cents.

Kennedy will tell the colorful story of the pioneer woman from New England who raised a family that valued education, industry and social etiquette. Coincidentally, one of Lucinda Davis's grandchildren was longtime Woodinville resident Donald Egbert who lived on 156th Avenue NE/Bostian Road near the White Stallion until his death in recent years.

The Feb. 18 program has been arranged by Woodinville Heritage Society chair Deanna Arnold-Frady.

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