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The History

Photograph of Lucius Day Exhibit Have you visited Duvall’s Post Office lately? If not, you won’t want to miss this exhibit especially created for Duvall’s Centennial by Thomas Matthiesen, Curator of the Little Postal Museum. You can view this exhibit in the lobby of the Post Office during regular business hours. After you’ve had a chance to view it, we’d love to hear from you so please comment back to let us know how you liked it!

Early Duvall Postal History featured at the Duvall Post Office

 The Little Postal Museum which is located on the wall inside the lobby of the Duvall post office is celebrating the Centenary Year of Duvall with several planned exhibits relating directly to the postal history of the town itself. The first of these, now showing until June, explores how Cherry Valley got it's name and features the actual record book for the 4th Class Post Office of postmaster Lucius Day from 1887 to 1892. The village of Cherry Valley eventually became the town of Duvall.

The book, on loan from The Duvall Historical Society, is from the period that Washington Territory achieved statehood and shows that the post office, located in Mr. Day's home was only open one or two days each week. Some weeks he records only one or two letters sent out but at other times up to several hundred letters were dispatched in a month. As there were no telephones at the time, letters were virtually the only way people living in the little river logging village could communicate with the outside world. A letter cost 2 cents to mail then, postal cards were just a penny.

Lucius Day died in 1900. He was a Civil War Veteran and is buried in Monroe.

The Little Postal Museum has been a fixture on the wall of the Duvall Post Office for 23 years and features changing exhibits showing how letters, stamps and postal history have impacted civilization. At 32 inches by 32 inches it is considered the smallest "museum" in Washington State.
The area that has become known as Duvall was historically the home of the Snoqualmie Native American tribe. On January 6, 1913 Duvall was incorporated as a city by its rugged pioneer citizens. The center of the present-day town was located on a hillside homesteaded by Francis and James Duvall, loggers who arrived in 1871. At that time, logging and farming were the driving economic forces in Duvall which utilized the Snoqualmie River and railroad for transportation. Duvall”s Historic corridor has helped to define an artistic movement that has been evolving since the 1970’s. Since the late 20th century, the City’s pastoral appeal has been drawing residents who commute to jobs in aeronautics and technology in nearby communities. To celebrate our heritage and share our history as well as look forward to the future of our small town community, we hope to see you at the many fun and informative celebrations throughout the year in 2013.
Photograph of snow covered Main Street in the early 1900s

Duvall's first City Council meeting was held on the evening of January 7th, 1913 in the back room of Brown's Confectionery and Pool Hall. Lon Brown, the new Mayor, called the meeting to order; and Roy Comegys was appointed City Clerk. The first ordinance passed established the regular meetings of the Council to be held at 8:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month and the place of meeting to be Couillard's Hall. Jeff Couillard was appointed Town Marshal at $50 salary per month.

Lon Brown, the first mayor of Duvall, was an interesting personality. Born Alonzo C. Brown in Pennsylvania about 1877, he came to Washington state when a young man and landed in Granite Falls mining gold and silver. In a local store he met Miss Petra Lund, a young girl from Norway, whom he married in 1908. Jack Bird, of Snohomish, convinced Lon and the Mrs. to locate in the new town of Duvall. He arrived in March, 1911 in a wagon loaded with household goods and a wallet bulging with the considerable sum of fifty dollars, cash!

After being elected mayor his attention really turned to promoting the town. There were three things", he said, "that every town needed: a band, a baseball team and a home-talented fair." He bought three lots on Main Street, across from his store, and began erecting a large building which he offered for use as an agricultural exhibit or his latest promotion, the "Snoqualmie Valley Fair." A bandstand was erected in front of the agricultural building, and the new "Duvall Brass Band" began practicing for the coming event, which was scheduled for September 18, 19, and 20, 1913.

James Duvall

Photograph of James Duvall

Snoqualmie Tribe Members

Historic Photograph of Snoqualmie Tribe Members

Loggers Ready to Fell a Tree

Historic Photograph of loggers felling a tree, photo courtesy of Duvall Historical Society

Black Prince Steamboat

Historic Photograph of the Black Prince Steamboat
Photographs courtesty of Duvall Historical Society

Photograph of 1915 Duvall Fair Brochure

Local History Links

Riverview School District History Brochure

Duvall Historical Society Website