Bush House Timeline

1891     Post Office and Railway Station are established at what will become the Index townsite

1893     Town of Index is platted by Amos and Persis Gunn on their mining claim

           The Bush House has been found on photos dated as early as 1893

1897     Sunset Mine, located 5 miles east of Index, begins pulling large amounts of copper, stimulating  the Town's economy

1898     Bush House is recorded as built next to the BNSF railroad at 308 Index Ave (present location)

1907     Town of Index is incorporated (October 11, 1907)

1911      University of Washington Students Majoring in Mining use the Bush House.

1920's   Lee Pickett documents the Bush House through his Photography

1930's   .....

1940's   Desendents of the Gunn/Doolittle Families own and live in the Bush House

1940's   Ed Work, local miner and entreprenuer lives in the Bush House 

1956     Bush House is bought by the Sutton family and undergoes major upgrades

1960's   ....

1970's   ....

1980's   ....

1992     Nordstroms purchase the Bush House from Sutton family and make cosmetic repairs, install a new septic and drain field

1999     Earthquake damages south side of the building, knocking it off foundation rocks. That portion of the building is condemned.

2001     Easter 2001 Bush House, Inc. restaurant serves it's last meals under Nordstrom

2002     Bush House, Inc. closes it's doors

2005     The Bush House building and south cottage go on the market for $720K (needing an estimated 800K of restoration)

2007     The Cottage Lot is sold off separately

2008     Storms damage much the roof and the perimeter porch

2009     Vandals break in and destroy much of the historic glass & fixtures throughout the building

2011      Bush House is purchased from Nordstrom family. Sale is finalized on December 28, 2011

2012      Bush House gets a new foundation, new roof, and structural improvements. The rear (condemned) addition is removed.

2013      New and restored windows, new siding, and interior updates begin

2014      Ongoing updates, mainly to the interior of the building

2015      Bush House adds new partners Dan and Carol to the ownership team

2015      The exterior of the building receives a facelift!

2016      The 2nd story event space at the back of the building is rebuilt and updates continue inside and out

2017      The project continues! Watch for summer & fall tours and events!

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