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Wagoner, David (b. 1926)

David Wagoner, considered the dean of Pacific Northwest poets, was already embarked on a promising literary career when his mentor, the legendary Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), called in the winter of...

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Wahkiakum County -- Thumbnail History

Wahkiakum County lies on the broad tidal estuary near the mouth of the Columbia River in southwest Washington. It is named for the Wahkiakums, as the people whose villages once occupied the area were...

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Wainwright, General Jonathan Mayhew, IV (1883-1953)

Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV was born on August 23, 1883, at Fort Walla Walla into a family with a long history of U.S. military service. He furthered that tradition by attending West Point Military ...

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"Waiting For the Big One" by Walt Crowley

A condensed edition of this essay was published in The Seattle Times Sunday Opinion Section on October 30, 2005. This version offers a fuller tour of Washington's "tectonic" political shifts and elect...

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Waitsburg -- Thumbnail History

The city of Waitsburg, situated in the Touchet Valley near the eastern border of Walla Walla County, began to form in 1865 around a gristmill built by Sylvester M. Wait (d. 1891). Wait strategically s...

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Walker, Doug (1950-2015) and Maggie (b. 1953)

Doug Walker was a Seattle software entrepreneur -- cofounder of Walker, Richer & Quinn (WRQ) -- who became a linchpin in Puget Sound philanthropy, with national conservation commitments that include c...

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Walker, Lillian (1913-2012)

Lillian Walker was an African American civil rights activist in the Bremerton area. Raised in rural Illinois, Walker went on to Chicago to pursue nursing, and moved to Bremerton in 1941 with her husba...

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Walker, Mary Richardson (1811-1897)

As a young girl in Maine, Mary Richardson set her mind to become a missionary. Upon marrying Elkanah Walker in 1837, the couple set out for the Oregon Country. They settled among the Spokane Indians t...

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Walkinshaw, Jean (b. 1926)

Award-winning producer Jean Walkinshaw (b. 1926) pioneered television documentary filmmaking in the Northwest. Beginning at KING-TV in the 1960s, Walkinshaw pushed TV beyond its white middle-class com...

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Walla Walla -- Thumbnail History

The City of Walla Walla, located in Southeastern Washington, is one of the oldest cities in the state. The area surrounding the city, the Walla Walla Valley, has been the scene of a long and diverse h...

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Walla Walla County -- Thumbnail History

Walla Walla County covers 1,271 square miles in south central Washington, ranking 26th in size among Washington's 39 counties. It is bounded to the east by Columbia County, to the north by the Snake R...

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Walla Walla Public Library

The Walla Walla Public Library opened in November 1897. Earlier efforts to establish a library for the public in the city of Walla Walla date back to the mid-1860s and the early 1870s, but neither of ...

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Walla Walla to Seattle Historic Corridor Wagon Roads

The Cascade Mountains posed a formidable obstacle to wagon travel in the 1840s and 1850s. When waves of emigrants began arriving in the Northwest, they followed the Columbia River Gorge, the easiest (...

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Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University, located in College Place, Walla Walla County, was founded as Walla Walla College in 1892. The school was established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide regional chu...

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Wallgren, Monrad Charles (1891-1961)

Monrad Charles "Mon" Wallgren (1891-1961) served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and four years in the U.S. Senate before becoming Washington's 13th governor in 1944. Swept into office...

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Wallingford Branch, The Seattle Public Library

Library services in Wallingford began in 1949 with the gift of a house that became the Wilmot Memorial Library. In 1985, the branch moved to an old fire station as the Wallingford-Wilmot Branch Librar...

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Wallingford, John Jr. (1833-1913)

John Wallingford Jr., a real estate developer who gave his name to the north Seattle neighborhood of Wallingford, arrived in Seattle in 1888 at the age of 55. He was born in Maine, and served in the C...

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Wallula -- Thumbnail History

Wallula, an unincorporated census-designated place in Walla Walla County, was originally located near the site of Fort Nez Perces. The fort was one of the first white settlements in the state, and was...

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Walt Crowley's Memorial

This People's History contains the text of the memorial service for Walt Crowley (1947-2007), beloved leader and cofounder of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history (...

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Wanamaker, Pearl Anderson (1899-1984)

Pearl Wanamaker was a long-serving Superintendent of Public Instruction (1941-1957), whose years in the non-partisan office addressed World War II educational and vocational demands, and managed the b...

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Wanapum People After Smohalla

In the 1850s, the Wanapum people were living peacefully at their village of P'na near the foot of Priest Rapids, on the Columbia River, where they practiced their Washani religion under the guidance o...

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Wapato -- Its History and Hispanic Heritage -- Thumbnail History

Among the oldest Hispanic communities in the state of Washington is the small town of Wapato, in the Yakima Valley. According to the 2000 census, Wapato had a population of 4,572, which was 76 percent...

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Wappenstein, Charles W. (1853-1931)

Charles "Wappy" Wappenstein was a colorful character who was twice Seattle's chief of police (from 1906-1907 and from 1910-1911) and served as a member of the Seattle police force for a much longer pe...

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War Memorial Monument on Des Moines Memorial Drive (King County)

On Armistice Day, November 11, 1921 (the third anniversary of the end of World War I), members of the Seattle Garden Club, led by President Lillian Gustin McEwan, planted the first 29 elm trees along ...

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