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Hudson's Bay Company

The Hudson's Bay Company, a fur-trading enterprise headquartered in London, began operations on the shores of Hudson Bay in 1670. During the next century and a half, it gradually expanded its network ...

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Igloo, The -- Lost Landmark of Seattle's Auto-Tecture

The Igloo, a diner and drive-in restaurant at the southeast corner of 6th Avenue and Denny Way, operated from late 1940 until sometime in 1954. It featured a distinctive twin-domed design intended, li...

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Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, was founded in 1905 in Chicago, and by 1908 had become influential among migrant laborers in the Pacific Northwest. Members were dubbed "Wobblies" and soon...

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Jacobs, Frank (1881-1979)

A pioneer in the field of photojournalism, Frank Jacobs covered events big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest, but specialized in transportation disasters such as ship and train wrecks. Alth...

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Jerden Records (1960-1969): When the Seattle Music Biz Got Serious

History will always remember Jerden Records as the Seattle company that foisted the Kingsmen and their infamous "Louie Louie" on the world back in 1963. But there is much more to the saga behind the f...

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Jing Chuan Ling remembers her father's Chinese apothecary in Tacoma's Japantown neighborhood and the disappearance of her Japanese playmates and neighbors in the 1942 incarceration

Given Tacoma's expulsion of Chinese immigrants in 1885 and the resulting lack of a Chinatown in the city, it's perhaps surprising to find the existence of a Chinese apothecary in the Columbus Hotel in...

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John D. Parker recalls the 1921 explosion of the Hitt's Fireworks factory in the Rainier Valley.

In 1999, 90-year old John Parker of Port Ludlow penned this account of the 1921 explosion of the Hitt's Fireworks factory in the Rainier Valley. One woman working at the plant was killed.

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K2 Corporation (K2 Sports) -- a History

This history of the Vashon Island firm K2, manufacturer of fiberglass skis, and later of snowboards and in-line skates, was submitted by Andy Luhn, marketing director of the firm. Company founder Bill...

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King County Landmarks: Crawford Store (1922), Shoreline

Address: 2411 NW 195th Place, Shoreline. The Crawford Store is the last intact retail building in the historic Richmond Beach business district. John Holloway, an early resident of Richmond Beach, bui...

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King County Landmarks: Harrington-Beall Greenhouse Company Historic District (ca. 1885-1989), Vashon, Vashon Island

Address: 18515-18606 Beall Road SW, Vashon, Vashon Island. This 23-acre district, located several miles southeast of Vashon's business center, is significant for its association with the development a...

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King County Landmarks: Vashon Hardware Store (1890), Vashon Center, Vashon Island

Address: 17601 99th Avenue SW, Vashon Center, Vashon Island. Located on a prominent corner at the main intersection in Vashon Center, the hardware store has served Vashon residents for many years. Con...

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Lake Forest Park -- 1912 Promotional Brochure

This is the complete text of a promotional brochure written in 1912 by real estate developer Ole Hanson (1874-1940). The brochure extols the wondrous virtues of living in idyllic Lake Forest Park, loc...

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