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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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Speaking Out

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.

Standing Up

On October 18, 1899, Seattle unveiled its latest and proudest possession -- a 60-foot totem pole in Pioneer Square. The untold side of this story was that some of Seattle's most prominent citizens, including Chamber of Commerce Acting President James Clise, had gone to Alaska and swiped the pole from Tlingit Indians. Charges were filed, but little came of them. The carved log lingered until it was humbled by an arsonist on October 22, 1938. Its burnt remains -- along with a check from the federal government -- were returned to the Tlingits. They magnanimously carved a replica that still stands.

Hiking Around

On October 23, 1915, Larrabee State Park was established in Whatcom County and one month later was designated one of  Washington's first two state parks. The land was donated by the Larrabee family, which was very influential in the development of Bellingham.

Red Scare

On October 22, 1952, Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy made his first political visit to Washington in order to campaign 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 planned televised speech.

Royal Pair

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

Music to Share

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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November 15, 2018

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On October 23, 1953, the U&I Sugar Company dedicated a sugar refinery at Moses Lake.

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