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Bowen, Betty (1918-1977)

Betty Bowen was assistant director of the Seattle Art Museum, a civic activist on behalf of the arts and historic preservation, and an indefatigable promoter of Seattle artists. Two days before her de...

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Boxing for Combat and Entertainment During and After World War I

With the United States engaged in World War I in 1917 and 1918, training in boxing was seen as important both to prepare troops for combat and to boost morale and provide entertainment at stateside mi...

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Boyce, Lucinda Elizabeth Stewart (1836-1916)

Lucinda Stewart Boyce was not only the first Euro-American woman to live permanently on San Juan Island, she also served as a community leader and role model for hundreds of women who braved the primi...

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Bracero Program: Crossing the Border to a New Life by History Day Award Winner Cameron Holt

Cameron Holt's paper won the HistoryLink.org Junior Paper award for her 2012 essay submitted in the Washington state History Day competition. Cameron was a student at Housel Middle School in Prosser, ...

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Bracken, Robert (1841?-1906)

Robert "Bob" Bracken was the first non-Indian to settle permanently in what soon became Asotin County. He arrived late in 1861 when the area was still part of an Indian reservation. Bracken engaged i...

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Brackett, George (1842-1927)

George Brackett is customarily regarded as the founder of Edmonds (Snohomish County) as well as an early logger in Bothell. Born and raised in eastern Canada, he logged there and in parts of the Unite...

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Brainerd, Paul (b. 1947)

Paul Brainerd founded the Aldus software company, which produced the first desktop publishing program, Pagemaker. The product transformed printing and publishing almost as dramatically as had moveable...

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Braman, James d'Orma (Dorm), (1901-1980)

This biography of James d'Orma "Dorm" Braman, Seattle City Council member beginning in 1954, and Seattle mayor from 1964 to 1969, was written by his son, Jim Braman.

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Bratnober, John (1879-1951)

Say the name Bratnober to anyone living on the Sammamish Plateau in the first half of the twentieth century (or to a Plateau historian) and their face will light up in instant recognition. Bratnober w...

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Breaking In a New Mayor

In this op-ed essay for The Seattle Times, Walt Crowley compares the "transition" of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to that of Wes Uhlman, Charles Royer, Norm Rice, and Paul Schell. Crowley was an aide to...

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Breitung and Buchinger Architecture Firm (1905-1907)

The architectural firm of Carl Alfred Breitung (1868-?) and Theobald Buchinger (1866-1940), partners from only 1905 to 1907, provided Seattle with several buildings reflecting their German and Austria...

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Bremerton -- Thumbnail History

The city of Bremerton, home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, was founded in 1891 by German immigrant William Bremer. The main part of the city is on the Kitsa...

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Bresemann, E. J. (1881-1971)

In this People's History, Steilacoom resident Nancy Covert outlines the life and works of Tacoma's Emanuel J. Bresemann, one of Washington state's first 20 licensed architects and the designer of more...

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Bretz, J Harlen (1882-1981)

J Harlen Bretz was a geologist who launched one of the great controversies of modern science by arguing, in the 1920s, that the deep canyons and pockmarked buttes of the arid “scabl...

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Bridge, Herbert "Herb" Marvin (1925-2018)

Herbert M. "Herb" Bridge lived a full, well-traveled life as a successful businessman, a naval officer in two wars, and a Seattle civic leader and philanthropist whose boundless energies earned him th...

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Bridges of Washington State: A Slideshow Primer of Technology Through Time

In Washington, bridges are ubiquitous. As of August 4, 2010, there were 9,415 bridges on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) inventory. These include all bridges 10 feet and long...

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Britten, Patsy (1923-2013)

An overnight star on the Seattle radio airwaves in the 1920s, sweet little Patsy Britten was promoted as a "baby 'blues singer,'" a "baby radio star," "a child wonder," and then the "Sweetheart of KOL...

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Broadview Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Broadview Branch, The Seattle Public Library, located at 12755 Greenwood Avenue N, began as one room in a portable classroom and has served northwest Seattle in one form or another since 1944. Bro...

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Broderick, Henry (1880-1975)

Henry Broderick was a highly respected Seattle civic leader and the longtime president of the city's largest real estate firm. From the time he arrived in town in 1901 until his death seven decades la...

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Brotman, Jeffrey H. (1942-2017) and Susan R. (b. 1949)

Jeffrey and Susan Brotman were long one of the most dynamic public-spirited couples contributing to the region’s well being, their efforts ranging over the arts, health care, education, and dive...

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Brougham, Royal (1894-1978)

A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed "Dean of American Sportswriters." Brougham's column, "The Morning After," was a fixture of P-I sports pag...

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Brown, Amos (1833-1899) and Alson Lennon Brown (1868-1942)

Amos Brown was a prominent early citizen of Seattle. He was a pioneering lumberman in the Puget Sound region beginning in the 1850s and had substantial real estate holdings in present downtown Seattle...

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Browns Point Light Station

The Browns Point Lighthouse was built in 1933 by the U.S. Lighthouse Service, and marks the hazardous shoal and north entrance to Tacoma's Commencement Bay. It was first marked in 1887 with a post lan...

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Bryant, Alice Franklin (1899-1977)

Alice Bryant was a life-long peace activist and advocate for justice, based in Seattle. She was a world traveler, a prolific writer of letters to the editor, a lecturer, poet, essayist, and an author ...

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