Hy-iu-hee-hee & superb local histories

The Harbor History Museum (Gig Harbor, WA) runs a fantastic blog where they chased down in lively detail the history of the Hy-iu-hee-hee (Lots of Fun) bar, restaurant, and cheap motel, founded 1935.

Hy Iu Hee Hee lunch

The name is locally said to mean “Happiness and Good Times”.

Hy Iu Hee Hee happiness and good times

I think it’s a fair bet that this establishment was not named after Laura Belle Downey-Bartlett’s characteristically clunky 1914 Chinook Jargon translation of “My Old Kentucky Home”…popular in the original, but LBDB was rarely quoted:

(I leave the above untranslated as a gift to you.)

Keen-eyed readers of the museum blog will notice that the painting of an Indian maiden in the bar is named Madam To Wagh (Sunshine, let’s say).  I couldn’t find an image of her, but this fella may be a relation:

Hy Iu Hee Hee madam to wagh's fella

On your trip to patronize the Harbor History Museum in person, you might like to stop off at the once again operating Hy Iu Hee Hee 🙂  Trivia night would bring me in!  Look for this sign by the road:

Hy Iu Hee Hee sign

Before you go, here’s a video review of the place on YouTube: