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Diablo Dam incline railway climbing Sourdough Mountain, 1930. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 2306.
Children waving to ferry, 1950. Courtesy Museum of History and Industry.
Loggers in the Northwest woods. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.

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This Week Then


Logging camp near Shelton

News Then, History Now

Under Repair

On April 11, 1897, the USS Oregon became the first in a long line of battleships to dock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Nearly a century later, on April 12, 1992, the shipyard welcomed home the USS Missouri for deactivation and storage, but the historic vessel didn't stay long.

Prickly Pair

The town of Bothell incorporated on April 14, 1909, and three days later residents got an eyeful of incivility after a local newspaper publisher wrote a scathing editorial about poor performance at the local post office. The town's assistant postmistress took umbrage and horsewhipped the man right on Main Street.

Lake Union Scare

On April 16, 1921, the serenity of Seattle's Lake Union was broken when it became the scene of a crime most foul, in a case that became known as the Mahoney Trunk Murder. The culprit was later hanged. This week also marks the anniversary of an unsolved crime, when Florence Wehn, wife of sculptor James Wehn, was found brutally murdered blocks from their home on April 18, 1917.

Opening Day

On April 15, 1934, the Blue Moon Tavern opened its doors for the first time to thirsty taxpayers and other denizens of the Seattle's University District. Over the years the unofficial cultural landmark has hosted such illustrious characters as Theodore Roethke, Richard Hugo, Richard Gilkey, Alex Edelstein, Stanford Poll, Patrick McRoberts, Walt Crowley, and Marie McCaffrey.

Flying Away

On April 15, 1952, Boeing achieved new heights with the launch of the B-52 Stratofortress, and on April 17, 1969, the aerospace company received the design contract for the AWACS. Later that year the Boeing Bust hit, and the economic downturn dealt a heavy blow throughout the region.


On April 15, 1954, panic reached a fever pitch throughout the region after mysterious windshield pits began appearing on cars from Bellingham to Seattle. Concerned citizens, blaming the phenomenon on everything from H-bomb tests to UFOs, looked for answers and assistance all the way up to President Eisenhower. In the end, the truth was right in front of their eyes.

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Aftermath of Puget Sound earthquake, April 13, 1949

Seventy-five years ago this week, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Puget Sound region on April 13, 1949.

Quote of the Week

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

--Abraham Lincoln

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