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Alaskan Way Viaduct, Part 1: Early Transportation Planning

Seattle's steep hills and the city's hourglass shape created by Lake Washington and Puget Sound on either side of the central business district have posed difficulties for overland transportation sinc...

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Alaskan Way Viaduct, Part 2: Planning and Design

Congested city streets, a deteriorating waterfront thoroughfare, and vehicle registration rates rising exponentially each year led city officials to begin looking for routes to bypass Seattle's centra...

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Alaskan Way Viaduct, Part 3: Building the Viaduct

After a protracted planning period that spanned nearly two decades, work commenced on the Alaskan Way Viaduct on February 6, 1950. The project, jointly constructed by the City of Seattle and the state...

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Alaskan Way Viaduct, Part 4: Replacing the Viaduct

When it opened in 1953, the much-maligned Alaskan Way Viaduct, State Route 99's route along the Seattle waterfront, offered the first route around Seattle's congested central business district. The ex...

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Alessandro Malaspina: Early Explorer of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Alessandro Malaspina (1754-1810), an Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag, is not as well-known as others who explored the Northwest Coast in the late eighteenth century. But like contem...

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Alexander, Stella (1881-1960)

Stella Alexander was a woman ahead of her time. She broke into the previously exclusive boy's club of Issaquah politics when she was elected to the town council in 1927, and in 1932 was elected to a ...

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Alexander's Beach Resort (Sammamish)

In the twentieth century there were several resorts east of Lake Sammamish (located in eastern King County) in what is today (2006) the city of Sammamish. But none lasted as long or attracted as many ...

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Algona -- Thumbnail History

The City of Algona (earlier called Valley City) is located in King County 28 miles south of Seattle, nestled between Auburn to the north and Pacific to the south. Algona is known for its wetlands, her...

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Algona-Pacific Library, King County Library System

In the early 1900s, Algona's first library occupied the second floor of the Milligan Hall; Pacific's first library opened in 1947. The libraries in the neighboring White River Valley communities each ...

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Alhadeff, Morris (1914-1994)

Morris "Morrie" Alhadeff, a Seattle native, was General Manager and Chairman of the Board of the Longacres racetrack in Renton. Strong supporters of civil rights, Alhadeff and his wife Joan Gottstein...

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Alice Robertson Carr: The Seattle Years

Alice Robertson Carr (later de Creeft, 1899-1996) came to the Pacific Northwest early in her life and as a young emerging sculptor is credited with two public monuments for Seattle's Woodland Park in ...

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Alki Point Light Station

Alki Point, today part of West Seattle, stretches into Puget Sound to form the southern boundary of Elliott Bay. It is part of a much larger area originally inhabited by the Duwamish Indians. In Septe...

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