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Now & Then -- Seattle General Strike, 1919

This file contains Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat's Now & Then photographs and reflections on Seattle's General Strike of 1919.

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Now & Then -- Seattle Waterfront at Northern Pacific Railroad Piers (Pier 56)

This file contains Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat's Now & Then photographs and reflections on the Northern Pacific Railroad Piers, later Pier 56.

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Now & Then -- Seattle's Fremont Bridge

This file contains Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat's Now & Then photographs and reflections on the Fremont Bridge. The bridge crosses the Lake Washington Canal, connecting Seattle's...

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Now & Then -- Steamship Alida and the Old Seattle Waterfront

This essay contains Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat's Now & Then photographs and reflections on the steamship Alida and the Seattle waterfront in the early 1870s.

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Pacific Steel Barge Company and the whaleback City of Everett (Part 1)

From 1888 to 1893, as the Great Northern Railway made its way to Puget Sound, speculators flocked to the region anticipating fortunes to be made in land, mining, and timber. Railroad-connected financi...

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Pacific Steel Barge Company and the whaleback City of Everett (Part 2)

From 1888 to 1893, as the Great Northern Railway made its way to Puget Sound, speculators flocked to Washington Territory anticipating fortunes to be made in land, mining, and timber. Railroad-connect...

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Patos Island Lighthouse (San Juan County)

Patos Island in San Juan County is the northernmost of the San Juan Islands and is known for its remoteness and beauty. A small light station became operational there in 1893, and a 38-foot tower was ...

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Pier 36 -- Seattle Waterfront

Pier 36, formerly the Seattle Port of Embarkation, is located on Alaskan Way S at the foot of Atlantic Street on the southern part of the Seattle waterfront. It is today (2004) the home base of the U....

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Pioneering A Story by Nicholas V. Sheffer (1825-1910), Part 4: Settlement

In 1909, Nicholas Sheffer (1825-1910) was Whatcom County's oldest pioneer. He prepared his reminiscences for The Lynden Tribune, which ran them in three parts in August of that year as "A Story of Pio...

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Point No Point Light Station

The Point No Point Lighthouse, built in 1879 by the U. S. Lighthouse Service, is considered to be the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. It marks the hazardous Point No Point shoal and north entrance t...

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Point Roberts: A Summer Trip, 1909

This essay presents a description of a trip to Point Roberts (Whatcom County) on a summer day near the end of the first decade of the twentieth century. Point Roberts is a five-square-mile peninsula t...

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Point Wilson Lighthouse

The Point Wilson Lighthouse was built in 1914 by the Lighthouse Service. At a height of 51 feet, the beacon is the tallest on Puget Sound, marking the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. The lighthouse repla...

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Port of Longview

The Port of Longview is located in Cowlitz County on the Columbia River, 66 miles from the Pacific Ocean in southwest Washington state. It is the first full-service port with strategic intermodal con...

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Port of Seattle -- Thumbnail History

The Port of Seattle is a public municipal corporation that owns and manages Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the region's largest; a leading container port (since 2015 operated jointly with the P...

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Port of Seattle Central Waterfront Tour

A guided photographic tour of Seattle's downtown waterfront. Curated by Paul Dorpat, written by Walt Crowley, designed by Chris Goodman.

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Port of Seattle, Founding of

The creation of the Port of Seattle on September 5, 1911, was the culmination of a long struggle for control of Seattle's waterfront and harbor, a struggle whose roots stretched all the way back to th...

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Port of Tacoma -- A Slideshow

The Port of Tacoma is a publicly owned and managed port district established by Pierce County voters in 1918. Today it is a leading container port, serving as a "Pacific Gateway" for trade between Asi...

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Port of Tacoma -- Thumbnail History, Part 1

The Port of Tacoma is a public municipal corporation governed by five elected Port Commissioners. Pierce County voters created the Port in 1918 after the 1911 state legislature authorized publicly own...

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Port of Tacoma -- Thumbnail History, Part 2

The Port of Tacoma is a publicly owned and managed port district established by Pierce County voters in 1918. Today it is a leading container port, serving as a "Pacific Gateway" for trade between Asi...

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Port of Tacoma -- Thumbnail History, Part 3

In the 90 years since it was established by the citizens of Pierce County as a publicly owned port, the Port of Tacoma has become a major player in world trade. It serves as a gateway port between Asi...

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Princess Marguerite I, II, and III: Three Historic Vessels

After 1900, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) built up its Princess Line, the pride of the Pacific Northwest coastal service, to a fleet of 32 steamships. Most Princess Liners plied the famed "Triang...

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Prohibition in the Puget Sound Region (1916-1933)

Five years before the 18th Amendment kicked off national Prohibition, Washington voters approved a state initiative banning the sale and manufacture of alcohol. Within days of this new state law, a th...

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Public Port Districts in Washington: Origins

Washington has 75 public port districts, more than any other state. Each is an independent government body, run by commissioners elected by local voters. They operate major marine terminals and small ...

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, located adjacent to the city of Bremerton on Sinclair Inlet, was established in 1891. It was the first dry-dock and repair facility in the Northwest capable of handling the...

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