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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dirty Dan Days Seafood Festival in Fairhaven

Dirty Dan Seafood Festival is fast approaching and I'd like to attend this year's so I put that in my calendar. It is to celebrate Fairhaven's founder Dirty Dan Harris and Bellingham herald has a good story about him and the history of Fairhaven here.
Anyway, the event is free and they offer endless entertainment for everyone. Come on over!


Daniel Jefferson Harris, one of the early white settlers of what would become Whatcom County, left a legacy by platting Fairhaven in 1883.

From the time he first rowed into Bellingham Bay in 1853, Harris made a name for himself by his slovenly appearance and hygiene. That name was "Dirty Dan" or "Dirty Shirt Dan."

He was also known for his good nature telling jokes and telling stories, both real and fanciful.

Harris lived alone most of his time in the county in a cabin at the mouth of Padden Creek. He later earned a sizable fortune selling lots in Fairhaven, and spent much of it building a classy hotel.

After getting married, he sold most of his property here and bought a palatial home in Los Angeles. He died there in 1890 practically penniless, the victim of a couple who befriended him and squandered his money.


Sherri said...

Sounds like FUN..I think we might try and go. Thanks for the info.

bellinghamlifestyle said...

I will see you there Sherri!

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