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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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Holy Men

On November 24, 1838, Father Francois (or Francis) N. Blanchet and Rev. Modeste Demers arrived at Fort Vancouver, the first Catholic priests to arrive in the future Washington state. They came to spread the word of Catholicism, primarily among Hudson's Bay Company employees and the region's indigenous peoples. Nine years later, on November 27, 1847, Blanchet's younger brother, Augustin, helped to establish St. Anne's Mission on the Umatilla River.

Way Back Then

On November 25, 1879, George Richardson received a land patent for his property at the south end of Lopez Island. The town of Richardson no longer exists, but was one of the island's earliest economic hubs.

Gambling Den

On November 25, 1899, The Seattle Star reported that Wyatt Earp, an "ex-sheriff from Arizona," would be opening a gambling house in what is now Pioneer Square. That he did, much to the consternation of John Considine, who controlled many of the nearby gambling venues and paid off the police to do so. Earp soon moved on to other ventures, but Considine later had troubles involving another lawman.

Travelers' Fright

On November 26, 1945, 15 children and the driver lost their lives when a school bus slid off the road and sank in the icy waters of Lake Chelan. And on November 27, 1998, a Metro bus plunged off the Aurora Bridge after the driver was shot by a crazed passenger.

Christmas Delight

On November 22, 1947, Chubby & Tubby opened their first surplus shop in Seattle. The stores closed their doors in 2003, much to the dismay of those looking for great bargains and cut-rate Christmas trees. In other holiday history, on November 23, 2001, Santa Claus was on hand to open the doors to the new Library Connection @ Crossroads, the King County Library System's innovative library space in Bellevue's Crossroads Mall.

In Black and White

On November 25, 1948, hundreds of people around Puget Sound stayed home to watch the region's first wide-audience television broadcast -- a high school football match between West Seattle and Wenatchee on KRSC-TV. Less than a year later, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt purchased KRSC-TV for $300,000 (the first sale of a television station in the United States) and renamed it KING-TV.

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On November 21, 1960, the town of Lake Stevens incorporated.

Quote of the Week

"I’m not going to flat-out deny its existence. I’m fascinated and would actually love them to exist."

--Jane Goodall, when asked if she believed in Sasquatch

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