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Burke, Judge Thomas (1849-1925)

Thomas Burke, chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, arrived in Seattle in 1875 at the age of 25. A lawyer, he began practicing law, and within a couple of years was elected probate judg...

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Burlington Northern Overpass (Skagit County)

The Burlington Northern Overpass, originally known as the Great Northern Overpass, was an integral part of U.S. Route 99, the West Coast's main north-south highway during the middle decades of the twe...

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Charles Fletcher - Memories of an operator on the interurban

Charles Fletcher left the following account of his work on the Seattle, Renton and Southern Railway in the 1920s and 1930s. This electric interurban connected downtown Seattle with Renton along Rainie...

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Chief Joseph Dam Bridge -- A Slideshow

This slideshow chronicles the history of the Chief Joseph Dam Bridge, a 308-foot-long highway bridge that carries Pearl Hill Road over Foster Creek ravine at Bridgeport in Douglas County. Its name com...

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Colman, James Murray (1832-1906)

Scottish-born James Murray Colman arrived in Seattle in 1872 at the age of 40 to lease and operate Yesler's sawmill. Colman was a prime mover in organizing the Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad after...

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Columbia River Interstate Bridge

The Columbia River Interstate Bridge is actually two closely adjacent bridges, though they are commonly referred to as one. The first bridge opened in 1917, the second in 1958. Each has three lanes an...

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Cycling in Washington State

The first bicycle arrived in Washington Territory in 1879 on a steamer from San Francisco and within a decade, Washington, along with the rest of the nation, went bike-crazy. Innovative developments s...

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Daniel Corbin and the Spokane Falls & Northern Railway

John R. Fahey, the author of this essay, was born and educated in Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga University and went to graduate school in journalism and political science at Northwestern. During ...

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Davis, Aubrey (1917-2013)

Health care reformer, public transportation advocate, politician, civil servant, businessman, inventor, environmentalist -- Aubrey Davis affected the lives of Northwesterners for more than half-a-cent...

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Des Moines Memorial Way South, Women's Memorial

Following World War I, the Seattle Garden Club worked with veterans organizations to plant some 1,400 elm trees along Des Moines Memorial Way S, dedicating each one to a fallen veteran. In a separate ...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers a 1920 Seattle Streetcar Accident and Hard Times

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) recalls the time her father, riding from the Green Lake neighborhood to downtown Seattle to look for work on January 5, 1920, was in...

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Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers the Coming of Interstate 5

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011), resident of Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood, remembers the neighborhood before and after Interstate 5 cut through it during the 1...

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