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Washingtonians traveling to and from Idaho over the Snake River had a much easier task when the Lewiston-
Clarkston Bridge opened to traffic on June 24, 1899. This span, the first in Washington to cross the Snake River, connected the town of Clarkston in Asotin County to Lewiston, Idaho. The towns were named, of course, for explorers Lewis and Clark, who entered the future state of Washington near this location almost a century earlier.
On June 26, 1925, a cigarette discarded by a careless smoker caused a devastating fire that wiped out most of the mill town of Monohon, the namesake of one of its first settlers. And on June 27, 1934, explosions killed 10 and demolished the J. A. Denn Powder
Company plant near Lacey, which was so obliterated that no cause could ever be determined.
During the last week of June 1974, local lesbians and gays celebrated Seattle's first Gay Pride Week. Members of sexual minorities have played leading roles in Seattle history virtually since the town's founding, but did not emerge from the closet in large numbers until after New York City's infamous Stonewall riots in 1969.
This week marks the anniversaries of four fatal accidents. On June 24, 1946, a bus carrying the Spokane Indians baseball team crashed on Snoqualmie
Pass, killing nine. On June 23, 1959, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed near Burns, Oregon, killing five Boeing employees. On June 23, 1966, a light plane crash killed two people on Mount St. Helens, and on June 24, 1994, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed at Fairchild Air Force base, killing four airmen.
Quote of the Week
We returned home pleased and profited by our trip, satisfied that the time is not very distant when Snohomish County will rank second to none in the Territory.
--Dr. Henry Smith