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Alhadeff, Morris (1914-1994)

Morris "Morrie" Alhadeff, a Seattle native, was General Manager and Chairman of the Board of the Longacres racetrack in Renton. Strong supporters of civil rights, Alhadeff and his wife Joan Gottstein...

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Bauer, Wolf G. (1912-2016)

It was his night, April 9, 2010, and Wolf Bauer looked every bit the star of the show. The Mountaineers club was honoring him as a "Living Legend." At age 98, he was short but straight and steady, his...

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Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau

In the early twentieth century, loggers cleared the area around Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau. Settlers soon discovered the recreational possibilities for the lake. Resorts thrived on Beaver L...

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C. C. Filson Company

Clinton C. Filson (1850-1919) moved to Washington in 1890, opened a series of general stores, and within a few years was selling clothing and work gear to gold prospectors flocking to the mines of Mon...

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Camp Lewis: Greene Park -- A Soldier Amusement Park and Social Experiment

During World War I, Camp Lewis (in Pierce County, later renamed Fort Lewis) established an amusement center adjacent to the camp to divert soldiers from urban vice areas.The amusement center was named...

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Cle Elum Ski Club

Skiing in the Northwest got a boost in 1921 when the Summit Ski Club (later the Cle Elum Ski Club, Inc.) was formed. Under the leadership of John "Syke" Bresko (1895-1987), the Cle Elum Ski Club flour...

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Coal Miners' Picnic

Through the middle of the twentieth century, when hundreds of coal miners worked the coal mines of eastern King and Pierce counties, the annual Coal Miners' Picnic was a highlight of the summer for mi...

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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

The Columbia Basin Irrigation Project did more than turn half a million acres of arid Eastern Washington into lush farmland. It also created an enticing stopover for millions of migrating birds. Land ...

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The Columbia River Gorge is a symphony of water and rock, a 90-mile-long passageway sliced through the Cascade Mountains by a river on its way to the sea. The mountains divide the Pacific Northwest in...

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Elmer Yates remembers the day the Big Leaguers came to Dugdale Park in 1931

Elmer S. Yates (b. 1917) was raised in the Rainier Valley and attended Franklin High School. He went to sea and became a ship's captain. In 1996, he wrote to the Rainier Valley Historical Society from...

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Elmer Yates remembers the Seattle Times Pitcher's Contest in the Rainier Valley

Elmer Yates (b. 1917) was raised in the Rainier Valley and attended Franklin High School. He went to sea and became a ship's captain. In 1996, he wrote to the Rainier Valley Historical Society from hi...

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Fort Lewis Teen Center and the Emergence of Northwest Rock

Fort Lewis authorities attempting to combat juvenile delinquency established a Youth Activity Center in 1951 on the large army base in Pierce County south of Tacoma. The center initially had limited a...

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