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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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Banking Dedication

On November 10, 1869, the Baker Boyer Bank opened for business in downtown Walla Walla. Today it is still family owned and operated, and at 150 years is Washington's oldest bank -- 20 years older than the state itself.


On November 11, 1875, part of Walla Walla County is lopped off to form Columbia County, with Dayton as the county seat. Dayton officially became a city in 1877, but the incorporation was later nullified by a lawsuit over taxation. The city re-incorporated on November 10, 1881.

City Aggregation

On November 12, 1875, the Washington Territorial Legislature incorporated Tacoma. In 1881 a neighboring town, called New Tacoma, was also incorporated by the territorial legislature, and in 1883 an act of that body merged what had been Old Tacoma (also known as Tacoma City) and New Tacoma into a single entity.

Broken Transportation

On November 8, 1912, a landslide obliterated a mile of track on the Highland Park and Lake Burien Railway in West Seattle. But one the state's most memorable structural disasters occurred on November 7, 1940, when the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed after increasing oscillations -- first noticed during its construction -- twisted it to the breaking point. It took 10 years to rebuild and was joined by a sister span in 2007.

Artwork Installation

On November 12, 1950, Zoë Dusanne opened Seattle's first professional modern-art gallery with an exhibition that included works by Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, and Mark Tobey. Her efforts helped catalyze the international fame of the Northwest School of artists.

Soccer Celebration

In 1976 the Kingdome hosted its first sporting event -- an exhibition soccer game between the Seattle Sounders and the New York Cosmos. Seattle's fledgling soccer team folded a few years later, but a growing interest in the sport eventually led to the city gaining a Major League Soccer franchise on November 13, 2007. The Seattle Sounders FC made their debut in 2009, and in 2016 the team captured its first MLS Cup after a dramatic come-from-behind season.

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Mabton incorporated on November 7, 1905, and later became home to the Hay Palace.

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"Oh, the jailer, he went wild over me,
And he locked me up and threw away the key;
It seems to be the rage, so they keep me in a cage,
They go wild, simply wild, over me."

--"The Popular Wobbly," lyrics by T-Bone Slim

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