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On October 5, 1855, Yakama warriors and U.S. troops clashed at Toppenish Creek. Chief Kamiakin's forces outnumbered those of General Granville O. Haller, who retreated after four of his men were killed and 17 suffered wounds. Hostilities continued until September
1858, when tribal resistance collapsed in the face of harsh retribution.
On October 1, 1889, voters chose
Washington's first state officials, and although Olympia was selected as state capital, it did not receive a majority of votes cast. One month later a second election was held among the top three vote-getters. Ellensburg received 7,722, North Yakima gathered 6,276, and Olympia tallied a whopping 37,413 votes, making it the clear winner and home to the state capitol building ever since.
On October 1, 1909, President
William Howard Taft took in a game of golf after visiting the Alaska-Yukon-
Pacific Exposition in Seattle. Exactly 28 years later, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the state and took a trip around the Olympic Peninsula before heading east to tour the construction site
of Grand Coulee Dam.
On October 1, 1912, the Gonzaga
School of Law opened in Spokane. Vancouver Junior College opened on October 2, 1933, and Lower Columbia
Junior College opened a year later, on October 2, 1934. The University of Washington's medical school welcomed its first students on October 2, 1946, and on October 1, 1990, UW opened branch campuses in Bothell and Tacoma.
On October 1, 1921, engineer Homer Hadley formally proposed his concept for a floating concrete pontoon bridge over Lake Washington. "Hadley's folly" became reality in 1940. Hadley also played a major role in the creation of the Purdy Bridge, which was completed in Pierce County on September 29, 1937.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
-- Theodore Roethke