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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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Feast Day

December 8 is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception and marks several historic anniversaries in local Roman Catholic history. The Sisters of Providence arrived at Fort Vancouver on that date in 1856, and the Seattle School of the Immaculate Conception dedicated its first new building on December 8, 1894, evolving from there into today's Seattle University. One hundred and five years later, the university co-hosted the historic visit of South African leaders Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel on December 8, 1999.

Fruits and Hay

On December 4, 1889, Walter Granger and a group of Minnesota investors organized the Yakima Land and Canal Company, which in turn created the Sunnyside Project, the valley’s first commercial irrigation venture. Grateful landowners soon named a town after Granger, although the businessman lived in nearby Zillah.

On Their Way

On December 7, 1899, Governor John R. Rodgers issued a proclamation that formally established Chelan County out of parts of Kittitas and Okanogan counties. Wenatchee was chosen as the county seat, but residents of Chelan -- which had campaigned to be the seat -- were selected as county officials.

Enjoy Your Stay

After the Washington Hotel was torn down in 1906 and the Lincoln Hotel went up in flames in 1920, Seattle set its sights on a new world-class accommodation. Fundraising began during the city's silver anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush, and on December 6, 1924, the Olympic Hotel opened in grand style on the site of the old Territorial University.

Time to Play

On December 5, 1974, Seattle was awarded a professional-football franchise. Two years later the Seattle Seahawks played in their opening season, just months after the Kingdome opened. And on December 4, 2018, the National Hockey League awarded an expansion franchise, and this year the Seattle Kraken began playing in Climate Pledge Arena (formerly KeyArena).

On Display

Thirty years ago this week, on December 5, 1991, the Seattle Art Museum moved to its present downtown location after spending nearly 60 years at its Art Deco home in Volunteer Park, later rededicated as the Seattle Asian Art Museum. In early 2007, SAM celebrated the opening of the Olympic Sculpture Park, located one mile northwest of the downtown museum.

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