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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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Cathedral Dedication

On January 23, 1851, Bishop Augustine Blanchet dedicated St. James Cathedral on land adjacent to Fort Vancouver. In 1885 a new St. James Cathedral was completed in the city of Vancouver. It served as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church in Western Washington for more than two decades, until Bishop Edward J. O'Dea moved the diocese to Seattle.

Tribal Reservation

On January 20, 1857, President Franklin Pierce signed an executive order that established the Muckleshoot Reservation along the White River near the city of Auburn. The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is composed of descendants of the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup people who have inhabited the region surrounding the White and Green rivers for thousands of years.

County Demarcation

On January 21, 1865, Yakima County was established by the territorial legislature, two days after it erased Skamania County during the same session. Skamania's boundaries were restored two years later.

Lives Cut Short

On January 18, 1882, a lynch mob overpowered police -- causing the death by heart attack of King County Sheriff Lewis V. Wykoff -- and hanged three accused murderers in the streets of downtown Seattle. One of the hanged men, Benjamin Payne, may have been innocent.

Scenic Resort

On January 18, 1922, the town of Long Beach incorporated, more than a century after Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled to the site via a well-used Indian trail and carved his name into the side of a tree. Homesteaders reached the narrow peninsula between Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean in the 1860s, but the community really blossomed in the 1880s as a seaside resort, especially after rail arrived.

Teams on the Court

A rare upset occurred in the world of sports on January 21, 1952, when the Seattle University basketball team beat the Harlem Globetrotters by a score of 84 to 81. Much of the credit for the Chieftains victory went to the "Flyin' O'Briens" -- Ed and John -- who went on to become the university's athletic director and a King County commissioner, respectively.

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