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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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Moving On

On April 24, 1877, General Oliver O. Howard met in a day-long council with Smohalla, an influential Wanapum spiritual leader. Howard told Smohalla that he and his followers must move onto the Yakama reservation. However, distracted by the Nez Perce War, which broke out a few weeks later, Howard took no steps to enforce the order and Smohalla ignored it.

Moving In

On April 22, 1889, Duncan Hunter filed a homestead claim to 80 acres of dense forest in south Snohomish County, becoming the first non-Indian resident of what would become Lynnwood. Other homesteaders soon followed, but the city didn't incorporate until April 20, 1959.

Mall and Tall

On April 21, 1950, crowds of consumers attended the opening of Northgate Mall -- one of the nation's first shopping malls -- which was designed by John Graham Jr. A decade later, Graham became chief architect for the Space Needle, which welcomed the public on April 21, 1962 -- the opening day of the Seattle World's Fair.

Choose or Lose

Fifty years ago this week, on April 24, 1967, CHECC (Choose an Effective City Council) held a news conference to announce its existence and purpose -- to reform Seattle's city government. For the next 20 years, the bipartisan group spearheaded numerous social and political changes throughout the city. In an exclusive two-part People's History, CHECC participant Peter LeSourd gives an account of the organization's formation and its role in transforming Seattle.

Green Plan

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day celebration was held to raise awareness of environmental issues. On that day, Washington U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson -- a leader on environmental legislation -- spoke at UW and WSU on the dangers of environmental degradation. In Pullman some students pelted him with marshmallows due to his hawkish stance on the Vietnam War, but Jackson caught a few and threw them back, eliciting cheers.

Keen Span

One year ago this week, on April 25, 2016, the new State Route 520 bridge opened across Lake Washington, replacing the original span that opened in 1963. At 7,710 feet, the SR 520 bridge is the longest floating bridge in the world, besting both the I-90 Bridge and the Hood Canal Bridge by more than 1,000 feet.

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On April 23, 1914, the ferry Suquamish -- the first diesel-powered passenger vessel built in the United States -- was launched on Puget Sound.

Quote of the Week

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

--Jack Kerouac

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