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On July 23, 1900, Washington state welcomed its first automobile when Ralph Hopkins, the owner of a Woods Electric, arrived in Seattle after driving his vehicle west from Chicago to San Francisco and then north (with lifts from trains helping out here and there). By 1904 there were enough cars in Washington to warrant creation of the state's first Auto Club and the establishment of the original State
Highway Board the following year.
On July 26, 1924, some 13,000 members and supporters of the Ku Klux Klan staged a rally near Issaquah, more than 40 years after the town's previous bout with racial unrest. Twenty years later, Seattle struggled with potential racial violence, and the Civic Unity
Committee was praised on July 24, 1944, for its efforts to quell concerns. Nearly two decades later, on July 25, 1963, the first sit-in arrests of Seattle's modern civil rights movement demonstrated that racism was hardly a thing of the past.
Racing fans whetted their passion on July 20, 1929, when the state's first
hydroplanes zoomed across the waters of Seattle's Green Lake. The sport later found a home on Lake Washington. This week also marks the anniversary of the first unlimited hydroplane race to take place on the Columbia River, which occurred at the Tri-Cities on July 24, 1994.
This week marks three anniversaries in water-quality history, beginning with the groundbreaking of the Renton
Treatment Plant on July 20, 1961, which included a parade through the "Metro Subway." Four years later, the dedication of Renton's East Division Reclamation
Plant took place on July 22, 1965, and on July 20, 1966, the West Point
wastewater treatment plant was dedicated on the shores of Magnolia. Both plants helped fulfill Metro's 1958 promise to clean up Lake Washington, which had become the region's public toilet.
Twenty-five years ago this week, on July 20, 1992, the Tulalip Resort Casino opened on the Tulalip Reservation near Marysville. Thanks to its success, the once-struggling tribe has since bought back 4,000 acres of reservation land that had been sold in past years and has expanded educational programs and improved medical and dental services for the community.
Either a building is part of a place or it is not. Once that kinship is there, time will only make it stronger.