The free online encyclopedia of Washington state history

7599 HistoryLink.org articles now available.

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

6/20/2019

News Then, History Now

Starting Up

On June 26, 1890, Snohomish incorporated amidst a war of words between the city's two newspapers. Deer Park incorporated on June 24, 1908, and Westport celebrates its 105th birthday on June 26. And on June 20, 1961, Lake Forest Park -- which was planned and developed a half-century earlier by future Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson -- finally became a city.

Gunned Down

On June 25, 1901, former Seattle police chief William Meredith, who had just lost his job because of accusations of corruption made by theater owner John Considine, attempted to kill Considine in Pioneer Square, but was himself gunned down in the city's G. O. Guy drugstore. Although the press portrayed Considine as the assailant, he was found not guilty of murder and went on to become a noted and respected member of Seattle society.

Driving Across

On June 23, 1909, Henry Ford's Model T was proclaimed the winner in a cross-country auto race that ended at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. The car was later disqualified, but not before Ford got all the publicity he needed to help make the Model T the most popular selling car of its era. Exactly 50 years later, the Ford Motor Co. held a re-enactment of the race. This time they played it safe, and only Ford cars were entered.

Openings Galore

In Seattle, June 23 marks the opening day of three major civic institutions: Volunteer Park's Seattle Art Museum in 1933, the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in 1988, and the Experience Music Project -- now MoPOP -- in 2000.

Fighting the War

On June 20, 1942, a Japanese submarine torpedoed and shelled the freighter Fort Camosun near Cape Flattery, but the ship was saved with no loss of life. The next day the same submarine attacked Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River, making it the only military installation in the continental United States to be shelled during the war.

Fatal Four

This week marks the anniversaries of four horrific accidents. On June 24, 1946, a bus carrying the Spokane Indians baseball team crashed on Snoqualmie Pass, killing nine. On June 23, 1966, a light-plane crash killed two people on Mount St. Helens. On June 21, 1981, an avalanche killed 11 climbers as they ascended Mount Rainer. And on June 24, 1994, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed at Fairchild Air Force base, killing four airmen.

Today in
Washington History

New Articles This Week

Image of the Week

On June 24, 1899, the Lewiston-Clarkston Bridge opened and became the first bridge to span the Snake River between Washington and Idaho.

Quote of the Week

"What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains."

--Tennessee Williams

Major Funding Provided By

Education Partners