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Berry, Overton (b. 1936)

Overton Berry, a kindly pianist who has lived in Seattle since 1945, has seen and done it all. From podunk lounge gigs to major jazz festivals, from one-nighters to years-long extended engagements, fr...

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Bertrand, James Curtis (1829-1933)

James Bertrand was one of northern Whatcom County's earliest settlers. He was there not only during many key moments in the county's early history, but also during key moments in the early history of ...

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Bess the Mule: A Coalmining Story of 1914

The following articles, reprinted from 1914 issues of The Seattle Star, relate (with some inaccuracies) the story of the underground deaths of two coal miners, Andrew Churnick and Mike Babchanik. (The...

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Beth Buckley: A family's history in Lowell (Everett)

This People's History was drawn from an interview recorded October 15, 2012, with Beth Buckley, whose family was important to the history of early Lowell, Everett's oldest neighborhood. Introductory m...

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Betty MacDonald's House in Seattle's Roosevelt District: Final Glances

Author Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) spent most of her life in and around Seattle, living over time in six locations, three of them for substantial periods of time. Because MacDonald wrote extensively a...

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B&I Circus Store (Lakewood)

World War II army veterans M. Leo Bradshaw (1916-1993) and Earl Leonard Irwin (1909-1973) opened the B&I Sales Company, an army surplus store located in Lakewood in southern Pierce County, in 1945...

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Bichsel, William "Bix" (1928-2015)

Father William J. "Bix" Bichsel was a working-class Catholic priest who became a radical antinuclear activist and community builder in Tacoma, Pierce County. Bichsel grew up in Tacoma and received his...

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Bickford, Bruce (1947-2019)

From his home workshop/film studio in SeaTac, famously reclusive and idiosyncratic Pacific Northwest animation artist Bruce Bickford for three decades produced undeniably visionary art films. Although...

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Bicycle Tree at Snohomish (1890-1927) -- A Slideshow

This slideshow presents the vintage postcard collection of Peter Blecha on the enormous and curious "bike tree," located in Snohomish County within what is now Snohomish city limits. The slide show wa...

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Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath (Seattle)

Chevra Bikur Cholim, (Society for visiting the sick) incorporated in Seattle in 1891 with the purpose of caring for the sick and providing proper burial. It evolved into a religious congregation and i...

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was formally established in the summer of 1999. The new organization consolidated previous activities dating back to 1994, including family giving, the William ...

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Bill Newby and Seattle City Light's Skagit Hydroelectric Project, 1935-1996

Bill Newby (b. 1935) was born in the Seattle City Light community of Newhalem on the Skagit River. He worked for City Light starting in 1955 as a laborer, digging ditches. He retired in 1996 as Direct...

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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and the Nisqually River Watershed

Located where the Nisqually River empties into southern Puget Sound on the Pierce-Thurston county border, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge protects the river's estuary, providing...

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Birdland: Seattle's Fabled 1950s R&B Hotspot

Seattle's long-time musicians and music fans alike hold fond memories of numerous long-gone 1950s nightclubs and dancehalls. But of all the fabled rooms, there is one that is probably missed more so t...

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Bishop, Thomas G. (1859-1923) and William Bishop Jr. (1861-1934): Native American Political Leaders

The political careers of the Bishop brothers, Thomas G. and William Jr., spanned a critical transition period for Coast Salish people in Western Washington between 1900 and 1935 that shaped subsequent...

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Bishop, William Sr. (1833-1906) and Sally Bishop Williams (1840-1916): Re-peopling the Chimacum Valley

After the Puget Sound "Indian War" of 1855-1856, a number of high-status Coast Salish refugees relocated to Chimacum Prairie, south of Port Townsend at the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. T...

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Black Arts/West, Part 1 -- A History by Douglas Q. Barnett

Douglas Q. Barnett (b. 1931) was the founder of Black Arts/West and instrumental in the development of theater in Seattle's African American community during the 1960s. Black Arts/West opened on April...

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Black Arts/West, Part 2 -- A History by Douglas Q. Barnett

Douglas Q. Barnett (b. 1931) was the founder of Black Arts/West and instrumental in the development of theater in Seattle's African American community during the 1960s. Black Arts/West opened on April...

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Black Arts/West, Part 3 -- A History by Douglas Q. Barnett

Douglas Q. Barnett (b. 1931) was the founder of Black Arts/West and instrumental in the development of theater in Seattle's African American community during the 1960s. Black Arts/West opened on April...

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Black Arts/West, Part 4 -- A History by Douglas Q. Barnett

Douglas Q. Barnett (b. 1931) was the founder of Black Arts/West and instrumental in the development of theater in Seattle's African American community during the 1960s. Black Arts/West opened on April...

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Black Arts/West, Part 5 -- A History by Douglas Q. Barnett

Douglas Q. Barnett (b. 1931) was the founder of Black Arts/West and instrumental in the development of theater in Seattle's African American community during the 1960s. Black Arts/West opened on April...

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Black Diamond -- Thumbnail History

The city of Black Diamond, located along the Cascade Mountain range, in King County, 25 miles southeast of Seattle, was built as a company town for the Black Diamond Coal Company in the late 1800s.

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Black Diamond and Franklin (King County coal towns), as seen in 1902

This article about the east King County coal towns of Black Diamond and Franklin is reprinted from The Coast, Vol. 3, No. 2 (March 1902).

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Black Diamond Library, King County Library System

The Black Diamond Library has been a civic institution in this small King County mining town since 1917. That year, volunteers gathered book donations and started a library in a room in the town's Pac...

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