Naming of Diamond City

Thanks to Sandra Tellvik, we have more information about Diamond City, a long ago living site on the north end of Long Island. From a South Bend Journal article, dated March 8, 1895, the following is probably the most accurate description of the origin of Diamond City’s name. The story was authored by W. C. Doane, a pioneer oysterman. …That high bluff at the head of Long Island was patented by me for my brother, as it was convenient to the oyster beds. The boys wanted to call the place Doaneville, but my brother would not have it. There was a young and very pretty klootchman* living near there and the boys had been reading a tale by Thackery, The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond, and somehow they dubbed this girl “The Hoggarty Diamond.” As no one wanted the place named after him, they finally named it Diamond City, after the klootchman. Thanks to diligence and luck, we sometimes discover that copied stories of names and events often are found to be mistakes. Lesson to be learned: Beware of false references. Two publications to be corrected come to mind: Shoalwater Willapa, by Doug Allen, and “Place Names of Pacific County,” by Larry Weathers, The Sou’wester, Centennial Edition, 1989. To set the record straight, Diamond City’s name was inspired by a novel of the great 19th century British author William Thackeray (1811-1863).

*KLOOTCHMAN: A Chinook jargon word meaning “woman”

Submitted by Doug Allen, Redmond, WA

July 6, 2016