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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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Elevated view of the unveiling of Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, sitting on tarmac surrounded by crowds of people looking at its four propeller engines, armaments, cockpit windows, and other features.

News Then, History Now

Mission Site

On September 25, 1838, Protestant missionaries Elkanah Walker and Cushing Eells chose Tshimakain plain as the site for a mission for Spokane Indians. Eells was later instrumental in the creation of Whitman College, and in 1907, his son Myron – who was born on the Tshimakain mission – donated a significant collections of books, papers, and artifacts to the college, where they became important nuclei of Whitman's library, archives, and museum. 

Opening Night

On September 24, 1926, thousands celebrated the grand opening of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The lavish playhouse was the creation of architect Robert Reamer, known for his designs of the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, Spokane's Fox Theater, Bellingham's Mt. Baker Theatre, and Seattle's Edmond Meany Hotel and 1411 4th Avenue Building.

Airmail Flight

In 1927, Boeing won a U.S. Post Office contract to carry airmail between Chicago and San Francisco. This and similar contracts laid the foundation for today's airline industry, and led directly to the development of United Air Lines. Seven years later, on September 26, 1934, federal trustbusters cancelled the lucrative airmail contracts and broke up the Boeing-United conglomerate.

To and Fro

On September 23, 1954, President Eisenhower dedicated McNary Dam. And on September 26, 1963, more than 30,000 people greeted President John F Kennedy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, where he participated in groundbreaking ceremonies for the N Reactor. The next day, an equally large crowd came to hear him speak at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium.

TV Show

On September 25, 1968, Here Come the Brides debuted on ABC-TV. The show was loosely based on Asa Mercer’s recruitment of marriageable women for Seattle bachelors back in 1864, but that wasn't its only Northwest connection. One of the stars, Bridget Hanley, grew up in Edmonds, and one episode featured Bruce Lee playing a Chinese immigrant.

On the Go

On September 27, 1987, more than 2,000 people marched in Seattle's first AIDS walk to raise money for AIDS treatment and research. The event raised more than $335,000, and later AIDS Walks, held annually in September, have raised as much as $1.5 million. 


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Dramatic photo of junked tires stacked as far as the eye can see at a dump in Everett, with bright orange and yellow flames and oily black smoke billowing in the near distance and blocking the sky. The fire would burn and pollute the air for six months before being extinguished

On September 24, 1984, a heap of four million used tires caught fire in Everett and continued to burn and pollute for more than 6 months.

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"There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States – every man, woman, and child – is in action, and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives, and in our daily tasks."

–Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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