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Okanogan -- Thumbnail History

Okanogan is the county seat of Okanogan County in north-central Washington in the productive orchard lands of the Okanogan River Valley. This town site, on the west bank of the Okanogan River, was fir...

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Olympia -- Thumbnail History

The Olympia area was well established by 1853 thanks to the Hudson's Bay Company's nearby Fort Nisqually and Puget Sound Agriculture Company, the early U.S. settlement at Tumwater, and Catholic missio...

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Pacific -- Thumbnail History

The City of Pacific straddles the King-Pierce county line some 28 miles south of Seattle, nestled between Algona to the north and Sumner and Edgewood to the south. The community arose after the Seattl...

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Pasco -- Thumbnail History

Pasco, one of the Tri-Cities along with Kennewick and Richland, sits at a watery crossroads on the Columbia River between the mouths of the Snake and Yakima rivers. The city was established in 1885 an...

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Peaceful Valley (Spokane)

Peaceful Valley is a Spokane neighborhood known as a working-class, bohemian enclave located just west of downtown on the south bank of the Spokane River. It is separated from the rest of Spokane by s...

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Point Roberts -- Thumbnail History

Point Roberts (Whatcom County) is a 4.9-square-mile unincorporated American exclave located in the southern part of Canada's Tsawwassen Peninsula. Although Point Roberts is part of the United States,...

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Pomeroy -- Thumbnail History

Pomeroy is the seat of Garfield County, the least populated of Washington's 39 counties. Located in the Pataha Valley in the southeastern portion of the state, an agricultural region primarily devoted...

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Port Angeles -- Thumbnail History

Port Angeles, the county seat of Clallam County since 1890, is built on the site of two major Klallam villages, I'e'nis and Tse-whit-zen, on the north shore of the Olympic Peninsula. It sits on a natu...

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Port Gamble -- Thumbnail History

Port Gamble represents one of the few remaining examples of company towns, thousands of which were built in the nineteenth century by industrialists to house employees. Founders Josiah Keller, William...

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Port Gamble Tour

This is a tour of Kitsap Peninsula's historic Port Gamble, Washington's oldest surviving company town. It was written and curated by David Wilma, produced by Chris Goodman, and sponsored by Olympic Re...

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Port Orchard -- Thumbnail History

Port Orchard, located in south Kitsap County, was platted as Sidney in 1886 by Frederick Stevens, who wanted to name the future town after his father, Sidney Merrill Stevens. He chose a site on the so...

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Port Townsend -- Thumbnail History

Few places in Washington can match Port Townsend's long saga of soaring dreams, bitter disappointments, near death, and gradual rebirth. Located on Jefferson County's Quimper Peninsula at the northeas...

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