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Housebuilding in Seattle: A History

Housebuilding in Seattle and the surrounding region has progressed from the communal longhouses of Native Americans through the log cabins of the first settlers to simple, balloon-framed houses. Wood ...

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Hudson's Bay Company

The Hudson's Bay Company, a fur-trading enterprise headquartered in London, began operations on the shores of Hudson Bay in 1670. During the next century and a half, it gradually expanded its network ...

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Igloo, The -- Lost Landmark of Seattle's Auto-Tecture

The Igloo, a diner and drive-in restaurant at the southeast corner of 6th Avenue and Denny Way, operated from late 1940 until sometime in 1954. It featured a distinctive twin-domed design intended, li...

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Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, was founded in 1905 in Chicago, and by 1908 had become influential among migrant laborers in the Pacific Northwest. Members were dubbed "Wobblies" and soon...

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Isaacson Iron Works Plant No. Two/Jorgensen Forge

The Isaacson Iron Works Plant No. Two/Jorgensen Forge facility, located at 8531 E Marginal Way S in Tukwila, is bounded on the east by Boeing Field and on the west by the Duwamish Waterway. The proper...

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Jacobs, Frank (1881-1979)

A pioneer in the field of photojournalism, Frank Jacobs covered events big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest, but specialized in transportation disasters such as ship and train wrecks. Althou...

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Jerden Records (1960-1969): When the Seattle Music Biz Got Serious

History will always remember Jerden Records as the Seattle company that foisted the Kingsmen and their infamous "Louie Louie" on the world back in 1963. But there is much more to the saga behind the f...

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Jing Chuan Ling remembers her father's Chinese apothecary in Tacoma's Japantown neighborhood and the disappearance of her Japanese playmates and neighbors in the 1942 incarceration

Given Tacoma's expulsion of Chinese immigrants in 1885 and the resulting lack of a Chinatown in the city, it's perhaps surprising to find the existence of a Chinese apothecary in the Columbus Hotel in...

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K2 Corporation (K2 Sports) -- a History

This history of the Vashon Island firm K2, manufacturer of fiberglass skis, and later of snowboards and in-line skates, was submitted by Andy Luhn, marketing director of the firm. Company founder Bill...

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Key Rexall Drugs (Kent) / Key Compounding Pharmacy (Federal Way)

George Alexander Ballasiotes (b. 1931) opened Key Rexall Drugs in 1963 at 23422 Pacific Highway S in the Midway area of Kent in King County south of Seattle. In the 37 years before he retired, Ballasi...

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King County Landmarks: Crawford Store (1922), Shoreline

Address: 2411 NW 195th Place, Shoreline. The Crawford Store is the last intact retail building in the historic Richmond Beach business district. John Holloway, an early resident of Richmond Beach, bui...

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King County Landmarks: Harrington-Beall Greenhouse Company Historic District (ca. 1885-1989), Vashon, Vashon Island

Address: 18515-18606 Beall Road SW, Vashon, Vashon Island. This 23-acre district, located several miles southeast of Vashon's business center, is significant for its association with the development a...

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King County Landmarks: Vashon Hardware Store (1890), Vashon Center, Vashon Island

Address: 17601 99th Avenue SW, Vashon Center, Vashon Island. Located on a prominent corner at the main intersection in Vashon Center, the hardware store has served Vashon residents for many years. Con...

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Kroll Map Company (Seattle)

For more than a century, the Kroll Map Company has been a fixture of the downtown business community in Seattle. Three generations of the Loacker family have continued the work started by founder Carl...

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Lake Forest Park -- 1912 Promotional Brochure

This is the complete text of a promotional brochure written in 1912 by real estate developer Ole Hanson (1874-1940). The brochure extols the wondrous virtues of living in idyllic Lake Forest Park, loc...

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Lake Hills Roller Rink: Rockin' Roller Skating at the Crossroads

Roller-skating fun came to Bellevue's Crossroads area in 1962 at Howard and Ida Monta's Lake Hills Roller Rink. In 1963 they experimented with having teen dances at the rink, and thus began a rock 'n'...

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Law and Lawyers in Seattle's History

When humans began creating laws for each other to follow, the legal profession was born. As the number of people increased and life became more complex, the number of both laws and lawyers multiplied....

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Lessons in Life: Dorothea Nordstrand Remembers her Years at Seattle's Green Lake State Bank

In this People's History Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) reflects on the lessons learned while working at Seattle's Green Lake State Bank, where she worked for 10 years from the time she was...

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Limestone Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands

For more than 60 years -- from 1860 until the 1920s -- San Juan County was the principal lime-producing area in the state of Washington. The San Juan Islands were ideal for the manufacture and transpo...

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Linden Records: Seattle's "lost" post-war music company

The larger-than-life personal saga of Seattle businessman Adolph Frederik Linden (1889-1969) has long overshadowed the publicly known history of one of his numerous enterprises: the Pacific Northwest...

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Long, Stanley (1883-1959)

Stanley Long was a prominent Seattle home builder in the first half of the twentieth century, and was active in civic affairs almost until his death in 1959. Educated in the law in Chicago, Long seems...

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Lopes, Manuel (1812-?)

Manuel Lopes arrived in Seattle in 1852, and operated a barbershop equipped with the first barber chair to be brought around Cape Horn. He was Seattle's first black resident, businessman, and property...

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Lynden Tribune

The Lynden Tribune was first published in 1908, but its real beginning dates to 1914, when Sol Lewis (1888-1953) published his first edition of the paper he had just purchased. Lewis, a down-home writ...

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Mapleine Advertisement, 1909

Mapleine is an imitation maple flavoring originally produced by Seattle's Crescent Manufacturing Company in 1905. Mapleine quickly became Crescent's signature product. The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposit...

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