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Schooling at Cedar Falls, 1922-1940

This excerpted account of schooling at a Cedar Falls railroad camp was originally recorded on June 15, 1993 as a part of the Cedar River Watershed Oral History Project. Dorothy Graybael Scott moved to...

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Seattle Aquarium

Seattle's waterfront is a natural location for an aquarium, and proposals to build one go back many years. It wasn't until the Forward Thrust bond issue was approved in 1968 that funds were allocated ...

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Seattle Central Waterfront, Part 1: Overview

Coast Salish Indians fished, hunted, and gathered shellfish along Elliott Bay for millennia before May 1792, when European sailors first gazed at the site of present-day Seattle. Sixty years later, U....

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Seattle Central Waterfront, Part 10: Jogging From the Edgewater to Myrtle Edwards Park, Piers 67 through 70

The waterfront between Battery and Broad streets, beginning with Pier 69, is graced by the Edgewater Hotel, the Port of Seattle terminal for high-speed Victoria Clipper catamaran ferries, and Myrtle E...

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Seattle Central Waterfront, Part 2: From Coal to Containers, Piers 46, 47, and 48

Piers 46 and 47 are located south of Pioneer Square and Pier 48 is located directly west of Pioneer Square. Piers 46 and 47 serve as the Port of Seattle's vast loading apron for containers. Pier 48 is...

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Seattle Central Waterfront, Part 8: The Seattle Aquarium and Vicinity

The present site of the Seattle Aquarium was once a giant coal pier and the city's first commercial swimming beach (brrrr!). Both had disappeared by the late 1870s. A furniture mill and a succession o...

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Seattle Central Waterfront, Part 9: Bell Street Pier and Vicinity

Piers 64, 65, and 66, including the Bell Street Pier and the Bell Harbor complex, are located south of Virginia Street and east of Belltown. The area was once a shantytown, home to mostly Native Ameri...

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Madison Park -- Thumbnail History

The Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle is situated on the western shore of Lake Washington. It was originally inhabited by Duwamish peoples who called it "Where One Chops." The Duwamish shared the f...

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Seattle's Municipal Ski Park at Snoqualmie Summit (1934-1940)

In the winter of 1934, Seattle made national news when its Board of Park Commissioners opened one of the first municipal ski areas in the country at the old Milwaukee Railroad stop of Laconia at Snoqu...

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Ski Lifts, Inc. and the First Northwest Rope Tows

During the 1930s, skiing in the northwest grew rapidly. Seattle and Tacoma area enthusiasts traveled to Snoqualmie Pass, Paradise on Mount Rainier, and Mount Baker on weekends to ski. Travel to ski ar...

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Skiing at Martin, the Northern Pacific Stop at Stampede Pass

Martin was a stop on the Northern Pacific (NP) rail line in Kittitas County, at the east portal of the NP tunnel through the Cascade Mountains under Stampede Pass. It was named for nearby Martin Creek...

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The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers is a Seattle-based club that has had a major impact on outdoor recreation and wilderness preservation in Washington. Started in 1906 primarily as a mountain-climbing, hiking, and soci...

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