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Manning, Harvey (1925-2006)

Harvey Manning was called a lot of things during his long and productive life, but bashful wasn't one of them. For well over 50 years, he was a combative advocate for conservation, harnessing his with...

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Martha Washington School

From 1900 to 1971, the Martha Washington School for Girls provided resident supervision for delinquent girls, first on Queen Anne Hill, then on Mercer Island, and finally on property at Brighton Beach...

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Martinis, John (1930-2013)

John Martinis served Everett and Snohomish County in a number of public offices between 1967 and 1991. His early roots in commercial and sports fishing instilled in him a desire to protect natural res...

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Marymoor Park

Marymoor Park, located along the Sammamish Slough in Redmond north of Lake Sammamish, was once a prehistoric Indian site. Homesteaded by John Tosh in 1876, the site was later bought by James Clise (18...

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Mathison Park (Burien)

Mathison Park in Burien offers a snapshot of Burien's past, preserved by the Mathison family for future generations to enjoy. The park is located on a hill in an area originally known as Sunnydale, ju...

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Maxwell, Ora (1871-1932)

Ora L. Maxwell was a Spokane librarian who in 1915 founded the Spokane Walking Club, which would eventually evolve into the Spokane Mountaineers, one of the most important outdoors and environmental o...

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Maynard's Point Cemetery

In the early days of Seattle, burials were made at Maynard's Point on the property of Dr. W. S. Maynard (1808-1873). Maynard's Point, the site of Seattle's original business district in present-day (1...

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McCroskey, Virgil Talmadge (1876-1970)

Virgil Talmadge McCroskey comes closer than anyone to being Eastern Washington's equivalent of conservationist John Muir. The son of pioneers who homesteaded near the village of Steptoe, some eight mi...

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McNary National Wildlife Refuge

The McNary National Wildlife Refuge, on the east bank of the Columbia River near its confluence with the Snake, was established in 1954 in an effort to compensate for the loss of wildlife habitat due ...

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Meeds, E. Lloyd (1927-2005)

Lloyd Meeds was a respected and successful congressman who represented Washington state's 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1965 to 1979. Previously he had ...

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Mementos of a Seattle City Light Skagit River tour

Beginning in the 1920s, Seattle City Light offered tours of its hydroelectric dams on the Skagit River to promote public support of the project. This file contains mementos (a sketch, a program, a tou...

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Memories of Seattle's Loyal Heights Playfield

In this People's History, former Seattle resident John M. Leggett offers his memories of Loyal Heights Playfield in Ballard in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Methow Valley Irrigation District

The Methow Valley Irrigation District operates an irrigation system at Twisp in the Methow River valley in Okanogan County in North Central Washington. It was established in 1919 and was based on a pr...

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Metro: Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle

The Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, commonly known as Metro, was designed to provide regional solutions for the problems of King County's fast-growing metropolitan area. In 1958, after rejecting...

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Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project

The Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project is the result of 20 years of studies and planning by the City of Bellingham and tribal, state, and private partners to bring fish back to the upper ...

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Midnight Swim: a Memory of Seattle's Green Lake by Dorothea Nordstrand

This memory of a 12-year-old's clandestine and solitary midnight swim across Green Lake around 1928 was written by Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011), who was then Dorothea Pfister. In 2009 Dorothea Nord...

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Miller Street Landfill, Montlake (Seattle)

The Miller Street Landfill, called the Miller Street Dump during its working life, served for more than 20 years as one of multiple dumps scattered around Seattle, often in low-lying areas. Three larg...

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Monte Cristo -- Thumbnail History

In the decade of the 1890s, Monte Cristo became the center of a mining boom. It attracted thousands of miners, businessmen, laborers, and settlers into the rugged Cascade Mountains of eastern Snohomis...

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Morgan Slope Mine Disaster (April 26, 1907): Official Investigative Report

Seven men were killed and six seriously injured on April 26,1907, in an explosion at the Pacific Coast Company's coal mine at Morgan Slope in Black Diamond in east King County. The following is the in...

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, located on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, was started in 1879. Among the notable persons buried there are pioneers William and Sarah Bell. Other burials include the labor mart...

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Mount Spokane State Park

Mount Spokane, the largest of Washington state parks, began as a small privately owned parcel of land on the flank of the 5,883-foot mountain in northeast Spokane County. The mountain, its rounded dom...

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Mountain Loop Highway Tour

This is a tour of the Mountain Loop Scenic Byway, which connects Granite Falls with Darrington in eastern Snohomish County. Written and curated by David Cameron and Louise Lindgren. Map by Marie McCaf...

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Mud Mountain Dam

When Mud Mountain Dam was completed in 1948, it was the highest rock- and earth-filled dam in the world. The dam was built to prevent massive flooding in South King County and North Pierce County, whi...

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NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is a sweeping federal law often called the Magna Carta of the nation's environmental laws. The act was the brainchild of Senator Henry M. "Scoop" J...

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