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King County Landmarks: Olson Farm (ca. 1874), Auburn

Address: 28728 Green River Road S, Auburn. Located on a fertile shelf of land adjacent to the Green River known as Olson Canyon, the Olson Farm was initially developed by Swedish immigrants Alfred and...

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Lopez Island -- Thumbnail History

Lopez Island, surrounded by the cold waters of the Salish Sea, is at 29.5 square miles the third-largest island in San Juan County. It is the first scheduled stop on the Washington State Ferry route f...

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Luther Burbank Park

Luther Burbank Park, located on the northeastern tip of Mercer Island, was once home to the Luther Burbank School, a parental school for delinquent youths. The school closed in 1966, and the property ...

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MacDonald, Betty (1907-1958)

The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I, rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, and the book was made into a ser...

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Marymoor Park

Marymoor Park, located along the Sammamish Slough in Redmond north of Lake Sammamish, was once a prehistoric Indian site. Homesteaded by John Tosh in 1876, the site was later bought by James Clise (18...

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Methow Valley Irrigation District

The Methow Valley Irrigation District operates an irrigation system at Twisp in the Methow River valley in Okanogan County in North Central Washington. It was established in 1919 and was based on a pr...

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Moxee Company, The (Yakima County)

Established in 1886 and located in the Moxee Valley east of the burgeoning town of North Yakima, the Moxee Company was an experimental farm that tested crops for their viability in this area, raised l...

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Mukai, Masahiro (1911-1999)

Masahiro (Masa) Mukai was born on Vashon Island in 1911. Along with his father, he pioneered strawberry farming on the island by introducing new methods of freezing berries for sales nationwide and ov...

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Nana's Teeth -- Reminiscence of a Grandmother on a South Worth Farm

This People's History is a reminiscence of "Nana" -- Frances Amelia Bishop Boyd -- by her first grandchild, Julie Green Siemion. Nana lived on a farm at South Worth near Port Orchard, which her grandc...

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Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant (Orcas Island)

The Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant, constructed in 1938, stands as a reminder of the once-flourishing strawberry industry on the east side of Orcas Island in San Juan County. Built in a cooperative e...

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Orcas Island -- Thumbnail History

Orcas Island lies in the San Juan archipelago of the Salish Sea in Northwest Washington. Mountainous and heavily forested, the island is nearly divided by the long inlet of East Sound, with two smalle...

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Pike Place Market: A Seattle Reminiscence by Dorothea Nordstrand

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) remembers her visits with her mother to Seattle's Pike Place Market. The time was around 1920. Her mother was Mary Annie (Gierhofer)...

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