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.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle • 10.06.2022 @ 11:30 AM
After more than 100 years of dreaming, we will have a new central waterfront park, where people can gather to continue old traditions and create new ones.
Join us on October 6 at the Four Seasons for HistoryLunch as we look at how the stories of Dzidzilalich and Seattle are woven together, and marvel at an immersive experience that will reveal the Waterfront Park to come.
On September 23, 1884, Frank Osgood inaugurated Seattle's horse-drawn streetcar service down the center of 2nd Avenue. The city's first cable cars began shuttling between Pioneer Square and Leschi three years later. It wasn’t long before the street railway lines were converted to electricity too, and Osgood converted his "hayburners" to electric power in 1889.
On September 27, 1876, Thurston County pioneer William Owen Bush won a top prize for grain at the nation's centennial exposition in Philadelphia, and he would later attend three other American expositions, winning prizes at each. Bush's interest in agronomy took root at an early age, and the fruits of his labor not only helped to promote Washington's crops, but also led to the creation of Washington State University.
Bush was the son of George W Bush, who in 1845, along with Michael T. Simmons, was one of the first Americans to settle north of the Columbia River in what is now Washington. At the time, Oregon Territory prohibited African Americans from settling south of the river, hence Bush's decision to stake a claim near what is now Tumwater. He began farming his land with his 13-year-old son William by his side.
Owen, as he preferred to be called, proved to be an apt student, and by the time he and his brothers took over the family farm after their father's death, he had become one of the territory's most celebrated farmers. His agricultural expertise persuaded the territorial legislature to fund his appearance in Philadelphia. Upon his return, Bush continued to farm, but also entered politics, and from 1889 to 1891 served in the first legislature convened in the new state of Washington. While in the legislature, he advocated for the creation of a state agricultural college, which would later become WSU.
On September 22, 1890, members of the Olympic Exploring Expedition made the first recorded ascent of Mount Olympus on the Olympic Peninsula. Nineteen years later, on September 23, 1909, Seattle's most luxurious toilet convenience opened in the bowels of the city.
Twenty years ago this week, on September 22, 2002, IslandWood -- a nonprofit environmental learning center -- opened on Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County. Initially called the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center, it was championed by Debbi Brainerd and her husband, Aldus software developer Paul Brainerd. Designed by Tom Berger, IslandWood would later receive the state's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its sustainable design.
“I'm not sure he's wrong about automobiles," he said. "With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization -- that is, in spiritual civilization. It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men's souls.”