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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.

This Week Then


News Then, History Now

Exhibits on Display

On October 28, 1893, the Ferry Museum of Art opened in the Pierce County Courthouse in Tacoma. It later merged with the Washington Historical Society, which now maintains the collection. This week also marks the one-year anniversary of one of Washington's newest museums, the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture, which opened in Seattle on October 24, 2019.

Views along the Bay

On October 23, 1915, Larrabee State Park was established in Whatcom County as Washington's first state park. The land was donated by the Larrabee family, who were very influential in the development of Bellingham.

The Music Starts to Play

On October 28, 1927, star guitarist John Coppock returned from Hollywood for a homecoming concert in the town of Peshastin. On October 23, 1980, patrons of Seattle's Old Timers Café got quite a surprise when visiting rocker Bruce Springsteen jumped up on stage to play a few songs with the Lost Highway Band. And on October 22, 1990, a seminal moment in Seattle's grunge-rock history took place when Pearl Jam debuted as "Mookie Blaylock" at the Off Ramp Café.

Medical Care

On October 27, 1967, Dr. Lester R. Sauvage, founder of the Hope Heart Institute in Seattle, performed the first "bloodless" open-heart surgery in the Northwest. Sauvage made significant contributions in the practice of coronary-artery bypass surgery and was a pioneer in the research of artificial aortic heart valves.

Royal Pair

On October 22, 1975, King Olav V of Norway visited Poulsbo to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Norwegian immigration to America. Twenty years later, beginning on October 24, 1995, King Harald V followed in his father's footsteps and enjoyed a four-day visit to Washington with Queen Sonja that included stops in Olympia, Seattle, Poulsbo, and Tacoma.

No Longer There

On October 22, 1982, the fish processor Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea burned and sank in Port Gardner Bay off the Everett waterfront. And on October 27, 1998, the SV Fantome, once a fixture on Seattle's Portage Bay, sank in the Caribbean in a hurricane with all 31 crew on board.

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Image of the Week

 The Seattle-Everett Highway opened along the old North Trunk Road on October 26, 1927.

Quote of the Week

 "If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different,' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants." 

--Edward R. Murrow

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