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Puyallup Avenue Bridge

The Puyallup Avenue Bridge that crosses the Puyallup River and links Tacoma to the small city of Fife to its east was opened in 1927 as one of the last Washington segments of the famous Pacific Highwa...

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Puyallup Avenue Bridge Slideshow

The Puyallup Avenue Bridge in Pierce County crosses the Puyallup River and links Tacoma to the small city of Fife to its east. It was opened in 1927 as one of the last Washington segments of the famed...

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Queen Anne Counterbalance Streetcar (Seattle)

The Queen Anne counterbalance was a stretch of Seattle streetcar line with an unusual feature: a pair of tunnels, right below the tracks, containing heavy miniature rail cars that acted as counterweig...

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Railroad Chapel Car: Messenger of Peace

The Messenger of Peace chapel car is a wood railroad passenger car that was used as a traveling church capable of reaching people in far-flung regions served mainly by the railroad and little by other...

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Railroad Development in the Seattle/Puget Sound Region, 1872-1906

The history of railroading in Seattle closely parallels the city's development and early hopes for its future. Like communication networks today, railroading in the nineteenth century represented more...

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Railroad Stations: Their Evolution in Seattle

The history of railroad stations in Seattle reflects comprehensive changes in the overall architectural character of the city. Railroad development closely paralleled Seattle's urban development. It i...

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Railroading in Vancouver and Southwest Washington

Railroading in the Pacific Northwest was born in July 1851 near present-day Stevenson, Washington, when Francis A. Chenoweth (1819-1899) built a portage railroad around the treacherous Cascades rapids...

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Riach Honda Building (Seattle)

The Riach Honda Building was located at 1017 Olive Way on the southwest corner of Olive Way and Boren Avenue in downtown Seattle. For more than a century, the location was connected to the automotive ...

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Romance of Seattle Railroads: a Reminiscence by Warren Wing

This is a reminiscence of trains and the railroad in Seattle during the 1920s and 1930s, and during World War II. It is by Warren Wing (1918-2011), historian, author of To Seattle by Trolley (1988), a...

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Sammamish Plateau: Tanska Auto Camp (King County)

The Tanska Auto Camp was an early twentieth-century retreat located on the northwestern shore of Pine Lake on the Sammamish Plateau (King County), operating from about 1918 until 1940. The camp consi...

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Santa's University Village Express (Seattle)

In this People's History, Eleanor Boba remembers the popular holiday-excursion trains sponsored by Seattle's University Village Shopping Center. Each December for about a decade starting in 1956 when ...

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Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad and Navigation Company

The Seattle & Walla Walla was Seattle's first railroad. Seattleites built it in reaction to Northern Pacific's 1873 decision to locate its western terminus in Tacoma rather than in Seattle. The Se...

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