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King County Landmarks: Red Brick Road/James Mattson Road (1865/1913), vicinity of Redmond

Address: 196th Avenue NE between Union Hill Road & Redmond-Fall City Road, vicinity of Redmond. The Mattson Road contains the longest stretch of exposed historic red brick highway in King County. In 1...

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King County Landmarks: Reinig Road Sycamore Corridor (1929), Snoqualmie

Address: Between 396th Drive SE and SE 79th Street, Snoqualmie. The Sycamore trees growing on both sides of Reinig Road are among the last vestiges of the former company town of Snoqualmie Falls, whic...

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King County Library System Mobile Outreach Service

King County Library System (KCLS) mobile outreach service began with a single bookmobile bringing books to rural patrons in 1944. The fledgling library system had only a few small libraries and many r...

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King Street Station (Seattle)

Seattle's King Street Station was built between 1904 and 1906 adjacent to reclaimed tideland south of the city's downtown. The imposing concrete, granite, and brick structure was financed by James J. ...

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Klickitat River Bridge 142/9 (Klickitat County)

What is now State Route 142 in South Central Washington was built by Klickitat County in the mid-1930s to connect Lyle, on the Columbia River, with the county seat at Goldendale, some 24 miles east as...

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Lake Union (Seattle) Tour

This is a tour of Seattle's historic South Lake Union neighborhood, including the Cascade neighborhood and portions of the Denny Regrade. It was written and curated by Paula Becker with the assistance...

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Lake Washington Ship Canal (Seattle)

The Lake Washington Ship Canal's opening was celebrated on July 4, 1917, exactly 63 years after Seattle pioneer Thomas Mercer (1813-1898) first proposed the idea of connecting the saltwater of Puget S...

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Latona Bridge and University Bridge (Seattle)

The Latona Bridge, built in 1891 for Seattle pioneer and investor David T. Denny (1832-1903), carried the first streetcar line across Lake Union and was the first substantial bridge to cross the lake ...

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Manette Bridge (Kitsap County)

The Manette Bridge, spanning the Port Washington Narrows, connected the Kitsap Peninsula city of Bremerton with Manette, a town annexed by Bremerton in 1918 and located across the narrows. The Manette...

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Masked Robbers Trammel Train in Ballard

Romantic tales of bank heists, train robberies, and hold ups were favorites of American newspapers, large and small, in the early part of the twentieth century. Among these is a story set in Ballard, ...

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Mayor Ole Hanson's denunciation of Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power in a 1918 letter to Seattle City Council

This letter, written in June 1918 by Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson (1874-1940), is a scathing denunciation of Puget Sound Traction, Light & Power, the firm that operated Seattle's electric streetcar sy...

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Meadows Race Track

In the first decade of the twentieth century, The Meadows Race Track, located in King County south of Georgetown along the Duwamish River, was the premier venue in the Northwest for horse racing. The ...

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