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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.

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Making Their Mark

On October 19, 1871, Susan B. Anthony became the first woman to address the Washington Territorial Legislature. While here, she helped organize the Washington Woman Suffrage Association. A century later, women's rights were still an important issue when Governor Dan Evans convened the Washington
State Women's Council
on October 21, 1971.

A Day at the Park

On October 23, 1915, Larrabee State
was established in Whatcom County as Washington's first state park. The land was donated by the Larrabee family, which was very influential in the development of Bellingham.

A Cutting Remark

On October 22, 1952, Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy made his first political visit to Washington as he campaigned for Republican presidential nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower and incumbent Republican Senator Harry P. Cain. McCarthy's trip didn't turn out quite as he had planned: He was heckled by members of the Washington State Press Club and KING-TV canceled his televised speech.

Double Trouble

On October 19, 1959, a Boeing 707
near Oso, killing four crew members and injuring four passengers. In 2014 the small Snohomish County community suffered through a much worse catastrophe when the nation's deadliest landslide disaster struck there with a loss of 43 lives.

A Pair of Kings

On October 22, 1975, King Olav V of Norway visited Poulsbo to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Norwegian
to America. Twenty years later, beginning on October 24, 1995, King Harald V followed in his father's footsteps, enjoying a four-day visit to
with Queen Sonja that included stops in Olympia, Seattle, Poulsbo, and Tacoma.

Two for the Show

On October 23, 1980, patrons of Seattle's Old Timer's Café got quite a surprise when visiting rocker Bruce Springsteen jumped up on stage to play a few songs with the Lost Highway Band. And on October 22, 1990, a seminal moment in Seattle's grunge-rock history took place when Pearl Jam debuted as "Mookie Blaylock" at the Off Ramp Café.

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