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Seattle got its start on November 13, 1851, when the Denny party landed at Alki Point, and the city has held numerous celebrations to mark the occasion. On November 13, 1905, a monument was dedicated in West Seattle; on November 13, 1951, Murray Morgan's Skid Road was published as part of a city-wide centennial celebration; and on November 13, 2001, the Denny party landed again.
On November 12, 1875, the Washington Territorial Legislature incorporated Tacoma. In 1881 a neighboring town, called New Tacoma, was also incorporated by the territorial legislature, and in 1884 a state law took effect that merged what had been Old Tacoma (also known as Tacoma City) and New Tacoma into a single entity.
On November 14, 1879, the first bicycle arrived in Washington Territory aboard a steamer from San Francisco. Nearly a decade later biking was such a hit with the public that Seattle hosted its first bicycle tournament, which included a five-mile race between a bike and a horse.
On November 10, 1923, Mercer Island became a little less remote with the opening of the East Channel Bridge, which connected the small community to Bellevue and the Eastside. The opening of the Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940 completed the connection to Seattle, leading to major changes in the island's development.
On November 13, 1963, the Seattle Repertory Theatre debuted with King Lear in the Seattle Playhouse. "The Rep" got its start thanks to the efforts of Bagley Wright and was one of the first arts organizations to take advantage of the performance spaces left in the wake of the Seattle World's Fair.
Writing Our History: Pierce County
The Steilacoom Story
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November 15, 2018
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