The earliest island residents were the Coast Salish who arrived some 14,000 years old. The first non-natives arrived in the mid 1800’s.
Our early economy relied on farming and fishing and eventually branched out to support seaman, boat builders, teachers, postal workers, artists and home builders.
Lopez remains unincorporated – our local governance is through our County Council.
While it is the least developed of the commercial islands, Lopez appeals to visitors who enjoy the pastoral setting and the opportunity to ‘unplug’. Tourism is now a substantial economic force in the community. Visit our Historical Museum to learn more about Lopez and its many residents over the centuries.