Diablo Dam incline railway climbing Sourdough Mountain, 1930. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 2306.
Children waving to ferry, 1950. Courtesy Museum of History and Industry.
Loggers in the Northwest woods. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.
Parts of Seattle went dark, and there was no drinking water to be had. A water famine hit, and panicked citizens mobbed water wagons sent around by the city, hauling the precious liquid back to their homes in buckets, pitchers, and tubs. Old pump stations on Lake Washington, long out of service, were returned to use, prompting urgent warnings to boil all water, since the lake was also used as a sewage dump. The health scare brought on by polluted water led to Seattle's first use of chlorination, which helped avoid any major disease outbreak while the Cedar River pipelines were quickly repaired.
As Seattle grew, more pipelines were built and a new policy was written abolishing bridges as pipeline carriers whenever possible. In 1962 water from the Tolt River was added to the city's system, ensuring adequate supplies well into the twenty-first century. Today, Seattle Public Utilities provides water to more than 1,400,000 people within and outside Seattle, and studies have shown that this water is the some of the cleanest in the nation.
The Corps Stops By
On November 15, 1805, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River, a year and a half after the group left St. Louis, Missouri. Their travel across America was perilous, especially when crossing the Rocky Mountains, an ordeal they might not have survived without the help of Indian tribes they had befriended. The final leg of their westward journey brought them into the future state of Washington.
The explorers entered the region on October 10, 1805, near what is now Clarkston in Asotin County and Lewiston, Idaho. Six days later they reached the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, and by October 22 had made it as far as Celilo Falls. More than a week later, they camped at Salmon Creek in the future Clark County, and on November 7, Corps members got a little ahead of themselves and celebrated their arrival at the Pacific Ocean. Actually, they were 20 miles inland on the wide tidal estuary of the Columbia River and wouldn't reach their goal until eight days later.
On November 19, 1856, Nisqually Chief Quiemuth was resting inside the Olympia home of Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens. Tired of war, Quiemuth had peacefully surrendered himself into custody soon after the capture of his half-brother, Chief Leschi, and was awaiting transfer to Fort Steilacoom. Shortly before dawn he was shot and stabbed by an unknown assailant, and the murder remains unsolved.
On November 18, 1906, the Mosquito Fleet steamer SS Dix -- en route from Seattle to Port Blakely -- collided with the steam schooner SS Jeanie two miles north of Alki Point, killing 39 passengers and crew. It is the greatest maritime disaster ever recorded on Puget Sound.
Car Dealer's Site
On November 15, 1937, Seattle's newest Oldsmobile dealer, Central Oldsmobile, Inc., opened its doors to the public at 1017 Olive Way. Owned by veteran car dealer John Riach, the dealership sold Oldsmobiles for half a century and, beginning in 1970, added Hondas to its inventory. In 2015 new owners relocated the business to south of downtown, and its former building was sold to the Washington State Convention Center for a planned expansion.