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Twisp -- Thumbnail History

Twisp, a small town in Okanogan County in north central Washington, sits at the confluence of the Twisp and Methow rivers in the eastern foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. Twisp's central locat...

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Uhlman, Wesley Carl (b. 1935)

When Wes Uhlman became the mayor of Seattle in 1969, an all-powerful City Council (mostly concerned with the interests of the downtown business establishment) dominated municipal politics. By the time...

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Uncle Gunjiro's Girlfriend by Brenda Wong Aoki

This is the family story of Gunjiro Aoki (b. 1883) and Gladys Emery (b. 1888), an interracial (Japanese American and Caucasian) couple who wed in Seattle on March 27, 1909, after traveling from Califo...

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Union Bay Natural Area (Seattle)

The Union Bay Natural Area, located along the north shore of Lake Washington adjacent to the University of Washington's East Campus, occupies what was for many years Seattle's largest garbage dump and...

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Union Gap -- Thumbnail History

The city of Union Gap lies in south-central Washington in Yakima County, abutting the southern boundary of the city of Yakima. In 1865 a wagon train on its way to Puget Sound stopped by the Yakima Riv...

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Union Gospel Mission (Seattle)

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, founded in 1932 to feed and save the souls of homeless men during the Great Depression, grew over the years to become a diversified, faith-based nonprofit offering many...

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United Parcel Service (UPS)

United Parcel Service (UPS), the international package delivery company, grew out of a messenger service established in Seattle in 1907 by an enterprising 19-year-old named James E. "Jim" Casey and hi...

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United States Coast Survey in Washington Territory

The United States Coast Survey began charting what was to become Washington Territory in June 1850 when naval assistant Lieutenant Commanding William Pope McArthur (1814-1850) crossed the Columbia Riv...

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United Way: Jim Douglas Remembers its Beginnings

In this People's History, Jim Douglas (1909-2005), the first chairman of Seattle's United Way, remembers the early challenges of organizing this charitable foundation which has served the area for alm...

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University Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The University Branch, The Seattle Public Library, located at 5009 Roosevelt Way NE, is one of Seattle's oldest branch libraries. Surrounded by unpaved roads in its early years, the library was so rem...

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University Branch, The Seattle Public Library -- Now and Then

This file contains Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat's Now & Then photographs and reflections on the University Branch of the Seattle Public Library, located in Seattle's University D...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Frederick Hart (Co-owner, La Tienda Folk Art Gallery)

Frederick Hart is co-owner of La Tienda Folk Art Gallery, an import shop that was located for many years in Seattle's University District. This is a transcript of an oral history that Hart gave in an ...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Leslie Grace (Founder, La Tienda Folk Art Gallery)

Leslie Grace founded La Tienda Folk Art Gallery in Seattle's University District in 1962. She is the daughter of attorney Cal McCune, late "Godfather" of the District, who wrote From Romance to Riot. ...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Lynn Huff (Safeco employee, 1955-1991)

Lynn Huff is a longtime resident of Seattle's University District who worked for Safeco for 36 years. In this oral history transcript he describes growing up in the University District and his career ...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Margaret Hoban Moore (University District resident, 1940-1967)

Margaret Hoban Moore was born and raised in Seattle's University District. She is currently a volunteer for Blessed Sacrament Parish. In this oral history transcript she describes her childhood growin...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Matthew Fox (Director of Operations, ROOTS)

Matthew Fox is the director of operations for the ROOTS (Rising Out of the Shadows) young-adult shelter in Seattle's University District. In this oral history transcript he describes how ROOTS works i...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Megan Cornish (Radical Women) and Henry Noble (Freedom Socialist Party)

This is a transcript of an oral history by Megan Cornish and Henry Noble. Cornish was one of the first women hired by Seattle City Light as a light-pole climber. She eventually made it to senior power...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Patty Whisler (University District volunteer and activist)

Patty Whisler is a former resident of Seattle's University District and a current neighborhood activist and volunteer there. She is known as the unofficial "Godmother" of the District. This is a trans...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Ray Chinn (University District Rotarian)

This is a transcript of an oral history by Ray Chinn, whose family owned Lun Ting Restaurant on University Way in Seattle's University District from 1938 until 1979. Chinn was the first and youngest A...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Stephen Herold (author and historian, former owner of the Id Bookstore)

This is a transcript of an oral history by Stephen Herold. He is the former owner of the Id Bookstore, an anarchist bookstore in Seattle's University District during the late 1960s and early 1970s, an...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Tamara A. Turner (Radical Women)

Tamara A. Turner is a retired medical librarian, a longtime resident of Seattle's University District, and a gay-rights activist. In this oral history transcript she recalls the district, especially t...

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University District Museum Without Walls Oral History: Vivian McPeak (founder, Seattle Peace Heathens; executive director, Seattle Hempfest)

Vivian McPeak, a resident of Seattle's University District, is the founder of Seattle Peace Heathens, executive director of Seattle Hempfest, and a local peace and social-justice activist. This is a t...

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University of Washington Tacoma

Established as a result of widespread community support and statewide efforts to expand access to higher education, the University of Washington Tacoma opened its doors in 1990. Since that time, the s...

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Unsoeld, Jolene Bishoprick (b. 1931)

Jolene Unsoeld's political beginnings date to the early 1970s, when as a self-described citizen meddler she worked on Initiative 276, a successful 1972 ballot measure that required the state to make i...

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