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Expo '74: Spokane World's Fair

Expo '74, Spokane's World's Fair, was an international exposition held from May 4 to November 3, 1974, in Spokane. With a population of only 170,000, Spokane was the smallest city ever to hold a world...

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Festál (Seattle Center)

Festál, a joint community and city-led effort to provide a series of cultural festivals at the Seattle Center, was founded in 1997. The origins of the program may be traced back to the 1962 Wor...

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Foster, Robert J. "Bobby" (1946-1979)

Robert J. "Bobby" Foster (1946-1979) refurbished the Central Tavern in Seattle's Pioneer Square in the early 1970s and organized the area's first Mardi Gras-style "Fat Tuesday" in 1977.

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Gandy, Joseph Edward (1904-1971)

Joseph Edward Gandy was a Seattle lawyer, Ford dealer, and civic leader. From 1960 to 1963, he was president of the Century 21 Exposition. In this capacity he traveled the world as an emissary for Se...

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Hansen, Gracie (1922-1985)

The irrepressible and brash Gracie Hansen -- best remembered for presenting shapely showgirls in her glamorous Las Vegas-style burlesque nightclub at Seattle's Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's F...

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Issaquah Salmon Days

Salmon Days is a two-day affair held the first Saturday and Sunday in October in downtown Issaquah (King County). It is a family-oriented event that features numerous attractions and arts and crafts, ...

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Luna Park - Coney Island of the West (1907-1913)

Luna Park, Seattle's "Coney Island of the West," enticed visitors with thrilling rides, garish amusements, and the "longest bar on the bay" for only six years, from 1907-1913. Once a decade, its ghost...

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Marilyn Gandy Scherrer discusses Laurene and Joe Gandy's Seattle World's Fair memories

Laurene Tatlow Gandy (1908-1993) was widely acknowledged as the First Lady of the Century 21 Exposition -- 1962 Seattle World's Fair, and was one of that fair's most important assets. With her husband...

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Monorail (Seattle)

Seattle's twin monorail trains began operating in April 1962 to transport Century 21 World's Fair visitors between downtown Seattle's Westlake Mall and the fairgrounds at Seattle Center. Although exte...

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Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle)

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival, held each Memorial Day weekend at Seattle Center, launched in 1972 as a free celebration of folk and ethnic music, dance, and arts. The first event, staged on a...

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Rainier District Pow Wow (1934-1992)

Seattle's Rainier District Pow Wow was founded in 1934 as a day-long, community-wide picnic designed to lift spirits and promote cohesion in the midst of the Great Depression. Like its cousin, downtow...

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Remembering the First Fat Tuesday: Marie McCaffrey's Exact Recollections

In this People's History, Marie McCaffrey tells the story of how Seattle's Fat Tuesday -- the annual carnival-style celebration that takes place in Pioneer Square -- got started. The first Fat Tuesday...

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