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The young William Kirkman arrived in the U.S. Recipe for chicken steak with mushroom sauce from England in the 1850s. Marinade for flank steak fajitas Although his initial goal was to sell textiles in the Boston area, he soon tired of that and got drawn into the Gold Rush mania of the American West.

For $100 he bought a “butchery machine,” which ground meat and made sausage. Marinade for skirt steak fajitas His business was very successful, but he was eager to get to the gold fields, so he sold out and was off to find his fortune.

By the 1860s William began to accept that a quick fortune from gold was not likely. Recipe for steak pie filling In a letter written to his parents from a mining camp in British Columbia he said he was going to try his hand at “something milder than gold hunting.” What he intended to do was cattle driving. Recipe for steak pie He bought a small herd of cattle and opened a butcher shop, which he operated for 12 months. Recipe for steak pie in slow cooker Business was brisk, but he aspired to a larger role in the cattle industry.

In 1864 William and a partner drove 375 cattle from California to Idaho.

Recipe for steak pie gordon ramsay The base of William’s operations was a rough and busy town called Pioneerville, where he opened still another butcher shop in connection with his herd. Recipe for steak pie with shortcrust pastry It is not known why he left Idaho and returned to San Francisco, but we do know that in 1867 he married a 23-year-old Irish girl, Isabella Potts, there.

Placerville and Idaho City, Idaho, were the last mining towns in which William resided, and there he sold his cattle to local meat markets. Recipe for steak pie jamie oliver His young bride must have thought these communities rather dull after San Francisco, but Isabella seems to have made the best of it. Recipe for steak pie with puff pastry In a letter to his parents William writes:

“I wish you could see me and my wife with our little son start off from the house as we frequently do. Recipe for steak in slow cooker We (go on horseback) five or six miles in the hills to see some of the flock. Side dishes for steak kabobs She gets tired staying at home all the time, so I have to take her along. Making steak kabobs She is a very good horseback rider.”

In 1871 William and Isabella decided to make their home in Walla Walla. Easy steak kabobs William partnered here with John Dooley, also known as “King Cattle,” and with him took over the Pioneer Meat Market on Main Street. Easy marinade for steak kabobs There had been a Pioneer Meat Market at 9 Main St. Marinades for steak kabobs (just a few doors west of the Baker Boyer building) as early as 1866.

An ad for Dooley and Kirkman’s market described the Pioneer as run by “practical stock men, largely engaged in the business” and featuring “BEEF, MUTTON, VEAL, HAMS, BACON, SAUSAGES, LARD.” These usual meats were in abundance, but venison and even bear were available there, too.

Since the 1860s the Pioneer Market had been next door to the Gem Saloon. Beef sirloin tip steak recipes crock pot On days when a hunter brought in a bear to the market, customers poured out of the Gem and made bets on the creature’s weight. Sirloin tip steak thin recipes crock pot The Pioneer was a lively business that employed numerous workers, including William’s younger brothers who had followed William here from England.

The Statesman also admired Kirkman and Dooley’s innovative stock-raising practices, reporting that “from the very first they adopted the plan of feeding their cattle all through the winter” and so could “at all times supply customers with fine, juicy steaks and the very best roasts.”

When Dorsey Baker was soliciting $25,000 to complete his Walla Walla-to-Wallula rail line, Dooley and Kirkman subscribed $400, knowing the rails would be essential for shipping livestock and meat to the Columbia. Philly cheesesteak stuffed bell peppers recipe By November of the first year the railroad was operating — 1875 — Kirkman and Dooley had already shipped 3,000 pounds of lard via the rails toward Portland.

In 1877 Kirkman and Dooley vacated the Pioneer Market briefly while the 1860s frame structure was torn down. Recipe for ribeye steak on the grill A new metal-fronted brick building was erected, which the Statesman described as “an ornament to the neighborhood.” The early photograph shows that building.

Early Walla Wallans looked up to William Kirkman as a wealthy stockman and successful entrepreneur, but few realized just how extensive was his hands-on knowledge of cattle driving or how many meat shops were in his past.

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