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Bicycle Tree at Snohomish (1890-1927) -- A Slideshow

This slideshow presents the vintage postcard collection of Peter Blecha on the enormous and curious "bike tree," located in Snohomish County within what is now Snohomish city limits. The slide show wa...

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Blake Island -- Thumbnail History

Blake Island, a 476-acre Washington State Park, lies in Puget Sound approximately eight miles from downtown Seattle. It is located in east central Kitsap County, four miles off Alki Point, between th...

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Bloedel, Prentice (1900-1996)

Prentice Bloedel was a leader of the timber industry. He left a brief teaching career to join the management of his family's far-flung timber empire and led the industry's forest-conservation efforts....

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Bobo the Gorilla (1951-1968)

Bobo the gorilla entertained visitors to the Great Ape House at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle for 15 years. He was a mainstay attraction for both young and old. A somewhat grumpy gorilla, Bobo love...

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Bogue, Virgil Gay (1846-1916)

Virgil Gay Bogue was a civil engineer, trained at Renssalaer Polytechnic in the 1860s, whose railroad construction career first brought him to Washington Territory during the 1880s to work for the Nor...

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Bretz, J Harlen (1882-1981), Geologist

J Harlen Bretz was a geologist who launched one of the great controversies of modern science by arguing, in the 1920s, that the deep canyons and pockmarked buttes of the arid “scablands” of easter...

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Burgerville (Vancouver)

Second-generation Vancouver restaurateur George Propstra, the son of a Dutch immigrant, opened the first Burgerville USA on March 10, 1961. By 2008, the Vancouver-based fast-food chain had grown to 39...

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Butch the Lake Sammamish Seal by Nan P. Campbell

Just 50 years ago last October my husband, Bruce, and I moved to the west side of Lake Sammamish, and became a neighbor of a harbor seal named Butch. This retelling of his story is for my children, an...

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Calvary Cemetery (Seattle)

Calvary Cemetery, located in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle, was the city's first major Catholic cemetery. The cemetery was dedicated in 1889 and remains active today. In all, more than 40,000 Ca...

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Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park juts into the Pacific Ocean at the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula, in the southwesternmost corner of Washington state. This is the place where Lewis and Clark and the C...

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Carl S. English Jr. -- The Man Behind the Ballard Locks Gardens

In his more than three decades as the head gardener at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, Carl S. English Jr. created and nurtured the gardens that now bear his name. Sar...

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Carlton Complex Fire

The 2014 Carlton Complex fire, the largest single wildfire in Washington history, burned 256,108 acres, destroyed 353 homes, and caused an estimated $98 million in damage. The fire caused no direct fa...

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