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Fremont Bridge (Seattle)

The Fremont Bridge, the first double-leaf bascule drawbridge spanning the Lake Washington Ship Canal, opened June 15, 1917, 19 days before the Government Locks at Ballard were officially dedicated. Th...

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Furth, Jacob (1840-1914)

Jacob Furth played a pivotal role in the development of Seattle's public transportation and electric power infrastructure, and he was the founder of Seattle National Bank. As the agent for the utiliti...

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Graves, Jay P. (1859-1948)

Few entrepreneurs have been more important to the development of Spokane and the Inland Northwest or involved in a broader range of endeavors than Jay P. Graves. Arriving in Spokane from Illinois in ...

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Great Northern Tunnel -- Seattle

The Great Northern Tunnel is a one-mile-long tunnel that runs beneath downtown Seattle from Alaskan Way (below Virginia Street) on the waterfront, to 4th Avenue S and Washington Street. The Great Nort...

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Green, Joshua (1869-1975)

Joshua Green was a ship-owner during Puget Sound's Mosquito Fleet era. He and his partners made significant money during the gold rush to the Klondike (beginning in 1897) by transporting prospectors t...

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Hadley, Homer More (1885-1967)

Engineer Homer M. Hadley designed several unique concrete bridges throughout the state of Washington during his lifetime, including many early American applications of the European innovation of concr...

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Hanford's Southern Connection Rail Line

Hanford's Southern Connection rail line is a 12-mile section of railroad through Richland in Benton County, completed in 1950 in order to provide a second, and more secure, railway line into the Hanfo...

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Hansen, Julia Carolyn Butler (1907-1988)

Julia Butler Hansen was one of the most powerful female legislators in Washington state history, amassing a long list of "firsts." She served nine years on the Cathlamet, Washington, Town Council, 21 ...

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Hill, James J. (1838-1916)

James J. Hill, nicknamed the Empire Builder, embodied the archetypal American story of success, rising from poor dock clerk to multimillionaire railroad magnate. In time, Hill had gained control of t...

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Hill, James Jerome (1838-1916)

Joel E. Ferris, a Spokane banker, wrote this article on the life of the railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill for the Winter 1959 edition of The Pacific Northwesterner. It is here edited by David Wilma ...

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Hill, Samuel (1857-1931)

Samuel Hill made the Northwest his home for a little more than 30 years, leaving a legacy of philanthropy, monuments, and highways still visible in the twenty-first century. He made a small fortune in...

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Hot-Rod Songs of the Northwest

A century-long tradition of songs that feature lyrics (and sometimes musical sound effects) associated with driving automobiles attests to the fact that songsmiths have found the topic of fast cars to...

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Inchelium-Gifford Ferry

The Inchelium-Gifford Ferry -- also called the Gif -- is operated on Lake Roosevelt by the Colville Confederated Tribes on behalf of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The run connects Inchelium with State...

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Inland Empire Highway

The Inland Empire Highway was a state highway route through central and eastern Washington, authorized and named in 1913. It linked the small communities of Virden, northeast of Cle Elum in Kittitas C...

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Interurban Rail Transit in King County and the Puget Sound Region

Electric interurban railways played a major part in defining early twentieth century transportation routes and growth patterns in King County. Early roads were primitive and before the development of ...

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Junior Safety Patrol: A Reminiscence of Loyal Heights Elementary School (Seattle)

Former Seattle resident John M. Leggett offers this account of participating in the Junior Safety Patrol during the 1930s while attending Seattle's Loyal Heights Elementary School. Called the Schoolbo...

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Kachlein Jr., George F. (1907-1989)

George F. Kachlein Jr. was a Seattle attorney who volunteered tirelessly for many civic organizations. He was active in the Washington Good Roads Association, the Washington division of the American A...

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Kilbourne, Edward Corliss (1856-1959)

E. C. Kilbourne, a Seattle dentist, was the key developer of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood and a leading promoter of electric power utilities in Seattle. In order to bring interested potential homeo...

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King County Landmarks: King County Bridges

This file contains a list of King County bridges designated by the King County Landmarks Commission as Landmark Bridges.

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King County Landmarks: Norman Bridge (1950), Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, North Bend

Address: at the crossing of 428th Avenue, in Three Forks Park, North Bend. The 295-foot long Norman Bridge, spanning the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River near North Bend, is the only remaining exam...

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King County Landmarks: Northern Pacific Railway Steam Rotary Snowplow No. 10 (1907), Snoqualmie

Address: Railroad Right-of-Way, Snoqualmie. The heavy snowfalls in the Cascade mountain range posed a challenge to providing year-round train service through the mountains. Rotary snowplows, invente...

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King County Landmarks: Red Brick Road/James Mattson Road (1865/1913), vicinity of Redmond

Address: 196th Avenue NE between Union Hill Road & Redmond-Fall City Road, vicinity of Redmond. The Mattson Road contains the longest stretch of exposed historic red brick highway in King County. In 1...

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King County Landmarks: Reinig Road Sycamore Corridor (1929), Snoqualmie

Address: Between 396th Drive SE and SE 79th Street, Snoqualmie. The Sycamore trees growing on both sides of Reinig Road are among the last vestiges of the former company town of Snoqualmie Falls, whic...

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King County Library System Mobile Outreach Service

King County Library System (KCLS) mobile outreach service began with a single bookmobile bringing books to rural patrons in 1944. The fledgling library system had only a few small libraries and many r...

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