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On November 15, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition finally reached the Pacific Ocean. Four days later, Captain William Clark visited the future site of Long Beach and carved his name into a small pine tree. The tree is long gone, but a bronze sculpture near this oceanside resort community now marks his historic visit.
On November 19, 1856, Nisqually Chief Quiemuth was resting inside the Olympia home of Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens. Tired of war, Quiemuth had peacefully surrendered himself into custody soon after the capture of his half-brother Chief Leschi, and was awaiting transfer to Fort Steilacoom. Shortly before dawn he was shot and stabbed by an unknown assailant, and the murder remains unsolved.
As noted above, November is often a rainy month, but sometimes other weather can pack a wallop too. On November 18, 1946, more than a foot of snow fell in the Puget Sound region, causing all kinds of woe, including a cancelled homecoming concert by famed classical pianist Dorothy Eustis. And four years ago, on November 17, 2015, a massive windstorm struck Spokane and caused the largest power outage the region had ever seen.
On November 16, 2006, a 210-foot construction crane collapsed in Bellevue, killing a man in his top-floor apartment. Earlier this year, a similar tragedy occurred in Seattle when a 278-foot crane at a South Lake Union construction site fell into street traffic, killing two motorists and injuring four others. Two ironworkers also died in the collapse.
“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”
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