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Longview -- Thumbnail History

The city of Longview is located at the confluence of the Cowlitz and the Columbia rivers in western Cowlitz County, 66 miles upriver from the Pacific Ocean and 67 miles south of Olympia, the state cap...

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Lowell Remembered by Hazel Clark

This People’s History of Lowell was written by Hazel Frederici Clark (1906-2000) and originally published as Lowell Remembered in 1977 by the Lowell Civic Association. Once a platte...

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Lynden -- Thumbnail History

Lynden is located in the northwestern part of Whatcom County, approximately 15 miles north of the county seat, Bellingham, and only five miles south of the Canadian border. The area was long inhabited...

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Lynnwood -- Thumbnail History

Lynnwood and its neighborhoods grew up because of transportation, first around the Interurban rail system, then Highway 99, and finally Interstate 5. Each new mode generated a new kind of development ...

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Mabton -- Thumbnail History

Mabton is a small farming community located south of the Yakima River, midway between Yakima and the Tri-Cities. Founded in the late 1800s, it became a city in 1905 just as the community was rebuildi...

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Maltby and Neighbors

Maltby and Neighbors, a book issued by Snohomish Publishing Company in 2012, relates the early history of previously undocumented areas in South-Central Snohomish County including the small communitie...

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Maple Valley -- Thumbnail History

Maple Valley, a King County community nestled 10 miles southeast of Renton within the sheer-cliffed Cedar River valley, grew from its outskirts inward toward its center. Originally a hodgepodge of hom...

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Marysville -- Thumbnail History

Marysville is located in the west-central part of Snohomish County, five miles north-northeast of the county seat, Everett. Although the origin of its name has been the subject of considerable debate...

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McCleary -- Thumbnail History

McCleary is located at the southern end of the Olympic Peninsula in eastern Grays Harbor County, 27 miles east of Aberdeen and 15 miles west of Olympia, the state capital. The surrounding area is hea...

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Medical Lake -- Thumbnail History

Medical Lake is a city in Spokane County 15 miles southwest of Spokane on the shores of the lake that bears the same name. The region's tribes believed the mineral-rich lake had curative properties. T...

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Medina -- Thumbnail History

The small city of Medina in King County is blessed with an almost pristine location on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, a short bridge crossing (ferry ride in earlier years) away from the pleasur...

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Metaline Falls -- Thumbnail History

The town of Metaline Falls is located in Pend Oreille County in the far northeastern corner of Washington. Outcroppings of exposed minerals led early non-Indian arrivals to name the area the "Metaline...

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