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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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Gunned Down

On June 25, 1901, former Seattle police chief William Meredith  – who had just lost his job because of accusations of corruption made by theater owner John Considine – attempted to kill Considine in Pioneer Square, but was himself gunned down by his intended victim inside the G. O. Guy drugstore. Although the press portrayed Considine as the assailant, he was found not guilty of murder and went on to become a noted and respected member of Seattle society.

Showing Up

On the day the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle, six cars left New York on a transcontinental auto race. Twenty-three days later, on June 23, 1909, the first car to cross the finish line in Seattle was Henry Ford's Model T, which had just entered production a few months earlier. The car was disqualified, but not before Ford got all the publicity he needed to make it the most popular-selling car of its era. Fifty years later, the Ford Motor Co. held a re-enactment of the race. This time the company played it smart, and only Ford cars were entered.

Walking Out

Four days after soldiers and sailors attacked the Seattle IWW office and 41 Wobblies were arrested, a statewide loggers' strike began as planned on June 20, 1917. Workers demanded an eight-hour work day, but wartime lumber needs and further arrests forced many loggers back to work.

Wartime Woe

On June 20, 1942, a Japanese submarine torpedoed and shelled the freighter Fort Camosun near Cape Flattery, but the crew abandoned ship with no loss of life and the damaged freighter was towed to safety in Neah Bay. The next day, a similar attack was made on Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River, making it the only military installation in the continental United States to be shelled during the war.

Three in a Row

In Seattle, June 23 marks the opening day of three major civic institutions: Volunteer Park's Seattle Art Museum in 1933, the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in 1988, and the Experience Music Project – now MoPOP – in 2000.


Ready to Go

In 1890, Castle Rock incorporated on June 20, Snohomish incorporated on June 26, and Mount Vernon incorporated the day after that. Deer Park became a city in Spokane County on June 24, 1908, and over on the coast, Westport incorporated on June 26, 1914. And on June 20, 1961, Lake Forest Park incorporated in King County.

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Early drawing of Colville

Colville can trace its roots to Fort Colville, which was founded on June 20, 1859.

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