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Our (Issaquah) Swimming Hole in the Summer of '63

In this People's History account, Issaquah High School graduate and "Native Washingtonian" Mike Atkins relates how he and some pals took advantage of the destruction of Pete Rippe's barn during the Co...

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Pend Oreille River (Boundary Dam) Hydroelectric Project

Seattle City Light's Boundary Dam on the Pend Orielle River, in Northeastern Washington near the Idaho border, today (2003) supplies half the hydroelectric power for Seattle (a quarter of Seattle's po...

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Qwuloolt Estuary (Marysville)

Located just East of Interstate 5 as one enters Marysville from the south, the Qwuloolt Estuary serves as a model for Tribal-led multigovernmental habitat restoration. From conception to completion, t...

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Riverfront Shangri-La: The Burrows Family 1890-1917

This People's History is based on Heather MacIntosh's interview of Homer Venishnick in January 2000, in Renton, Washington. In 1890, Captain Edwin R. Burrows took one look at the idyllic landscape at ...

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Salmon in the Pacific Northwest

Washington rivers once teemed with five species of Pacific salmon -- Chinook, chum, pink, sockeye, and coho. Anadromous fish, they hatch and develop in fresh water, migrate out to sea where they live ...

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Salmon Stories of Puget Sound Lushootseed-speaking Peoples

For centuries, salmon have been intrinsic to the culture and subsistence of the Native peoples of King County. For Lushootseed-speaking groups living along rivers and streams where salmon spawn in the...

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Schooling at Cedar Falls, 1922-1940

This excerpted account of schooling at a Cedar Falls railroad camp was originally recorded on June 15, 1993 as a part of the Cedar River Watershed Oral History Project. Dorothy Graybael Scott moved to...

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Skykomish -- Thumbnail History

The City of Skykomish, located in the northeast corner of King County, began in 1893 as a rail town for the Great Northern railroad. Nestled in mountain forests, and supported over the years by rail, ...

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Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is a 276-foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River about 30 miles east of Seattle on the way to Snoqualmie Pass. The falls have been for generations a sacred site for the Snoqualmie Trib...

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Snoqualmie-Skykomish Watershed

The Snoqualmie-Skykomish watershed encompasses 1,532 square miles of forests, meadows, hills, and valleys that have been shaped by environmental forces and by generations of human activities. The wate...

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Sohappy, David (1925-1991)

U.S. Army veteran David Sohappy Sr. (1925-1991) was a Wanapum fishing activist who became the center of a national controversy involving government regulators and tribal fishers in the Pacific Northwe...

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South King County Rivers Tour

A Rivers in Time tour tracing the South King County river system. Since the arrival of King County's first white settlers in 1851, the White, Green, Black and Duwamish rivers have undergone many chang...

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South Park Bridge, Duwamish Waterway, King County, 1931-2010

From 1931 to 2010, the 1931 South Park Bridge, also known as the 14th Avenue South Bridge, spanned the Duwamish Waterway, linking the Seattle neighborhood of South Park with land in the City of Tukwil...

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Spokane River -- Thumbnail History

The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River, its shores important as a cradle of the oldest known continuously occupied human habitation in present-day Washington. It begins at Lake Coeur d...

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Steamboat Rock State Park

With a surface area of 600 acres, Steamboat Rock is something more than a "rock." A massive basalt butte, several miles long and 800 feet high, it looms like a battleship above Banks Lake, a manmade r...

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Steamboats in the White River Valley (1856-1887)

Prior to the building of reliable overland roads and railroads, river travel was the primary method of transporting goods and people in the White River Valley. The indigenous Coast Salish people used ...

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Story of the Origin of the North Wind Weir on the Duwamish River

The Coast Salish story regarding the origin of the rocks in the Duwamish River known as North Wind Weir. This version was compiled from several versions.

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Story of the Origin of the Tolt River (Snoqualmie)

The Snoqualmie tribe's story regarding the origin of the Tolt River. This file contains the story as related to Ballard by Snuqualmie Charlie (sia'txted) (ca. 1850-?).

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The Dalles Lock and Dam

The Dalles Lock and Dam (The Dalles Dam) is one of the 10 largest producers of hydroelectric power in the United States. Since its first generator went online in 1957, the dam has produced more than 9...

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The Railroad at Cedar Falls: Dorothy Graybael Scott's Story

This account of life at a Cedar Falls railroad camp (in east King County) was originally recorded on June 15, 1993 as a part of the Cedar River Watershed Oral History Project. Dorothy Graybael Scott m...

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The Story of the Origin of the Humpback Salmon (Snoqualmie)

Snuqualmie Charlie (sia'txted) (ca. 1850-?) told the Snoqualmie Tribe's story regarding the origin of the Humpback Salmon to Anthropologist Arthur C. Ballard (1876-1962) in 1916. 

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Thomson, Reginald Heber (1856-1949)

Reginald Heber Thomson probably did more to change the face of Seattle than any one individual. During his exemplary career as city engineer and beyond, he leveled hills, straightened and dredged wate...

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Upper Skagit River Hydroelectric Project

Three Seattle City Light dams on the Upper Skagit River in the Cascade Mountains today (2000) produce 25 percent of the electrical power consumed in Seattle. (The dams are located in southeast Whatcom...

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Wawawai -- Vanished Orchard Community of the Snake River

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Wawawai (rhymes with Hawaii), located in Whitman County, was at the center of one of the premier orchard regions in Washington state. The town was located...

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