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Men in front of Cooper & Levy Pioneer Outfitters store circa 1897

Struck by the possibilities, enterprising Jews joined other intrepid explorers who arrived in our state on a mission to strike gold. Instead of wielding picks and pans, they prospected in businesses supporting the Gold Rush economy, opening stores that sold supplies to those heading to the Yukon from Seattle. The Schwabacher brothers, who got rich by providing or processing goods for the mining, farming, and timber industries east of the mountains, also saw potential for prosperity in swashbuckling Seattle. They relocated their business empire here, letting their brother-in-law Bailey Gatzert run the show. Gatzert rose in status to become Seattle’s first Jewish mayor, setting a true gold standard.

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