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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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Douglas fir tree, species named after Scottish naturalist David Douglas

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Time to Go

On April 22, 1812, less than a year after he arrived at Kettle Falls, explorer and mapmaker David Thompson left there for Montreal, his survey of the Columbia River complete. During his travels, Thompson documented many of his meetings with Indian tribes, including the Sanpoil, the Nespelem, the Methow, the Sinkayuse, the Wanapum, and the Palus.

Saying No

On April 24, 1877, General Oliver O. Howard met in a day-long council with Smohalla, an influential Wanapum spiritual leader. Howard told Smohalla that he and his followers must move onto the Yakama reservation. However, distracted by the Nez Perce War, which broke out a few weeks later, Howard took no steps to enforce the order and Smohalla ignored it.

Moving Slow

On April 22, 1889, Duncan Hunter filed a homestead claim to 80 acres of dense forest in south Snohomish County, becoming the first non-Indian resident of what would become Lynnwood. Other homesteaders soon followed, but the city didn't incorporate until April 20, 1959.

On Their Way

On April 18, 1942, Major Ensley Llewellyn of Tacoma published the first edition of the World War II Stars and Stripes newspaper at the direction of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Some of the airmen from McChord Field probably didn't get a chance to read it, as they had flown off that same day to take part in the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan.

Opening Day

Century 21 -- America’s Space Age World’s Fair -- opened in Seattle on April 21, 1962. For the rest of that summer, visitors got an optimistic glimpse of things to come, even though the fair got off to a rocky start and almost ended with a bang. This week also marks the 25th anniversary of when the Space Needle officially became a City of Seattle historic landmark.

Anchors Aweigh

When the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, Washington Senator Warren Magnuson was one of the few voices in Congress who argued for normalized relations between the two nations, noting that trade and contact were the best means to influence what many called the “Red Monolith.” It wasn't until 50 years ago this week that the trade embargo ended when the cargo ship M.V. Liu Lin Hai arrived in Seattle on April 18, 1979.

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Tacoma Dome arena

The Tacoma Dome opened on April 21, 1983.

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"The wilderness is a place of rest - not in the sense of being motionless, for the lure, after all, is to move, to round the next bend. The rest comes in the isolation from distractions, in the slowing of the daily centrifugal forces that keep us off balance."

--David Douglas

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