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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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Call the Cops

On February 23, 1873, Seattle Mayor Corliss Stone hightailed out of town with $15,000 in pilfered funds and another man's wife in his arms. Just another day in a Wild West town that still had wild animals running loose, not to mention roving gangs of "worthless boys."

Railroad Stops

On February 26, 1886, the Northern Pacific Railroad reached Ellensburg, less than five years after crossing the state line near Spokane Falls. Within two years, the population of Ellensburg doubled. The advent of transcontinental train service boosted commerce in many cities and led to the creation of Yakima, built by the railroad four miles north of Yakima City, whose residents were forced to move the entire town just to be closer to the station.

Mountain Tops

On February 22, 1897, President Grover Cleveland proclaimed more than two-thirds of the Olympic Peninsula as the Olympic Forest Reserve. In 1937  President Franklin Roosevelt toured the area, and in June 1938 he signed legislation creating Olympic National Park.

Orchard Delights

On February 23, 1921, Liberty Orchards in Cashmere began marketing Aplets, a candy composed of apples, honey, and walnuts, using fruit from its farm. The confection was an immediate success, and it soon introduced Cotlets, a similar candy made from apricots and walnuts. To this day, Aplets & Cotlets remain a tasty ambassador for Washington's fruit industry.

Library Sites

On February 22, 1957, the Black Diamond Library -- which had been located in the old waiting room of the former Pacific Coast Coal Depot -- moved into a cottage that was once used to house school teachers. In doing so, it became the only library in King County to have its own bathtub. The Black Diamond library became part of the King County Library System in 1990, and in 2008 a spacious new facility opened, sans tub.

Catholic Rites

On February 25, 1975, the Vatican appointed The Most Reverend Raymond G. Hunthausen archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Hunthausen's outspoken anti-war stance and his defense of gay rights would later vex many church officials, including Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who rose to become Pope Benedict XVI.

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On February 22, 1925, in Seattle, the Fraternal Order of Eagles placed the cornerstone for Aerie No. 1, now home to A Contemporary Theatre (ACT).

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