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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.

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.

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This Week Then


News Then, History Now

Welcome Guests

After coal was discovered in Newcastle in October 1863, the mining town became so successful that even Rutherford B. Hayes dropped by on October 11, 1880, during his tour as the first U.S. president to travel west of the Rockies. And on October 10, 1959, Vice President Richard M. Nixon visited Washington to dedicate The Dalles Lock and Dam on the Columbia River.

Shipbuilder Rests

Buoyed by $100,000 in community aid, Seattle's Moran Shipyard completed and launched the battleship Nebraska on October 7, 1904. After the launch, shipbuilder Robert Moran -- a self-described "nervous wreck" -- sold the company and moved to Orcas Island, expecting to die soon. He ended up living there, relatively stress-free, until his death in 1943.

Bothersome Pests

On October 10, 1910, "Higgy," a cute and cuddly Kodiak bear cub from Alaska who had been a popular pet at the Olga Inn on Orcas Island, slipped his collar and disappeared into the woods. For the next three years, the bear -- once grown to full size -- created all sorts of mayhem. And on October 12, 1957, a Bothell man climbed up a tree in a bear costume and was almost shot by anxious town residents, until they noticed that the bogus beast was wearing shoes.

Racist Prohibition

On October 8, 1936, the Spokane Children's Home adopted a policy to exclude African American children from the orphanage. One of the two Black children transferred to the custody of the county was a young Carl Maxey, who went on to become a lawyer and civil rights leader. He also ran a lively but doomed anti-Vietnam War campaign against U.S. Senator Henry Jackson in the 1970 Democratic primary.

Sporting Competition

On October 8, 1995, the Seattle Mariners won their first playoff series in a dramatic comeback against the New York Yankees. And on October 6, 2020, the Seattle Storm won their fourth WNBA championship, following wins in 2004, 2010, and 2018.

Tribal Recognition

On October 6, 1999, the federal government formally recognized the Snoqualmie Tribe. This victory allowed the tribe to proceed with the Snoqualmie Casino, which opened in 2008 and provides income to support tribal services.

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Image of the Week

Fifty years ago this week, on October 11, 1972, Chicano activists occupied the abandoned Beacon Hill School in Seattle, which became El Centro de La Raza.

Quote of the Week

"To know Seattle, one must know its waterfront."

-- Murray Morgan

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