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On September 15, 1915, the citizens of Mabton celebrated their abundant alfalfa crop by opening the Hay Palace -- built almost entirely of hay bales. And on September 13, 1923, Ellensburg held its first rodeo, an event now celebrated each Labor Day weekend. This celebration of Western culture harkens back to the days of the town's origin as a trading post named Robber's Roost.
On September 13, 1934, the Los Angeles-based Orville Knapp Orchestra performed a concert in Seattle at the Club Victor that featured what was almost certainly the local public debut of the electric guitar. And on September 16, 1957, Northwest musician Dave Bunker submitted a patent application for his dual-necked Duo-Lectar electric "Touch Guitar." "
This week in sports history, the first football game was held in Pasco's new Edgar Brown Stadium on September 13, 1957. On September 15, 2002, the Amy Yee Tennis Center -- named for tennis star Amy Woo Yee -- opened in Seattle. And on September 16, 2010, the Seattle Storm won its second WNBA championship six years after its first.
On September 16, 1964, after two decades of negotiations and political wrangling, implementation of the Columbia River Treaty was celebrated at the Peace Arch in Blaine, The treaty finalized an agreement between the United States and Canada on how to best manage the river, which flows through both nations. Of particular importance were the issues of water storage, flood control, and power generation.
In 1998 Seattle voters approved a $196-million bond measure to help rebuild the city's public libraries. The Seattle Public Library Foundation added $83 million to complete the building program, as well as to enhance system-wide funding for art, technology, collections, and programs. Ten years ago this week, on September 13, 2008, the city celebrated the completion of this successful "Libraries For All" campaign.
Writing Our History: Pierce County
VISUALIZE TACOMA: The Pierce County Courthouse in Images & Short Stories
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