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Aerial Tram on Mount Rainier: Twenty Years of Debate

Beginning in the 1930s, Northwest skiers attempted to get a permanent ski lift built on Mount Rainier to make it the center of Washington skiing, efforts that were resisted by the National Park Servic...

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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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Allen, Paul (1953-2018)

Despite having made billions of dollars as a result of his computer programming skills, Paul Gardner Allen insisted that he was not a geek.  "I wasn’t a nerd," Allen writes in his 2012 auto...

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Anacortes High School Sea Hawks: the "Original Seahawks"

This history of the "Original Seahawks," the Anacortes High School Sea Hawks, who adopted the nickname in 1925, 50 years before Seattle's NFL franchise was named the Seahawks, was inspired by a resear...

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Aqua Theatre -- Seattle

The Aqua Theatre was an open air stadium on the south shore of Seattle's Green Lake. The nationally famous Aqua Follies opened the new theater on August 11, 1950. Sell-out crowds came to see the wate...

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ASUW Shell House (1918)

In the waning weeks of World War I, a Naval Aviation Ground School seaplane hangar was built on the University of Washington campus. When the war ended the navy withdrew, and for nearly 30 years the s...

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Averill, Howard Earl (1902-1983)

Earl Averill -- he went by his middle name -- was a relatively small player from a small town who made it big in major league baseball. Born, raised, and retired in Snohomish, he didn't begin his big-...

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Badgro, Morris (1902-1998)

Morris "Red" Badgro was a versatile athlete who grew up in the now-gone small town of Orillia in South King County, achieved multi-sport stardom at the University of Southern California (USC), briefly...

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Barackman, Mervin (1894-1977) and His Wrestling Bears

The "spectator sport" of bear wrestling is an ancient, if disturbing, one that is still practiced in only a few nations. In America, the man-vs.-bear spectacle became a fad among beered-up tavern patr...

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Bauer, Eddie (1899-1986)

Eddie Bauer, inventor of the down parka, made his name synonymous with high-quality outdoor clothing and sporting goods. An avid outdoorsman, Bauer opened a small sporting goods store in downtown Seat...

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Bercot, Henry (1902-1988)

Henry F. "Dode" Bercot, the "Monroe Bearcat," was a welterweight boxer, fighting matches in the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s and early 1930s. By trade a high rigger in the logging camps around Monro...

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Bird, Sue (b. 1980)

Sue Bird, a point guard for the Seattle Storm, is one of the most accomplished and decorated players in the history of women's basketball. She was a two-time New York state champion in high school and...

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Book Review:
Gilmour Dobie: Pursuit of Perfection

By Lynn Borland Paperback, 310 pages Photographs, Sources ISBN 978-0615400846 $18.95

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Boxing for Combat and Entertainment During and After World War I

With the United States engaged in World War I in 1917 and 1918, training in boxing was seen as important both to prepare troops for combat and to boost morale and provide entertainment at stateside mi...

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Brougham, Royal (1894-1978)

A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed "Dean of American Sportswriters." Brougham's column, "The Morning After," was a fixture of P-I sports pag...

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Carver Gayton reflects on the Jim Owens statue at Husky Stadium, University of Washington

In October 2003, a statue of former Husky head coach Jim Owens (1927-2009) was placed in front of the Husky Stadium in Seattle. The statue renewed a longstanding controversy surrounding Owens. Owens c...

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Cle Elum Ski Club

Skiing in the Northwest got a boost in 1921 when the Summit Ski Club (later the Cle Elum Ski Club, Inc.) was formed. Under the leadership of John "Syke" Bresko (1895-1987), the Cle Elum Ski Club flour...

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Couples, Fred (b. 1959)

Fred Couples is a Seattle native who became one of the world's top professional golfers. He grew up playing on a city-run public course, Jefferson Park, and won state-high-school championships his jun...

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Dobie, Gilmour (1879-1948)

Gilmour Dobie was a legendary coach for the University of Washington football team. The team has been called Huskies ever since 1922, but in the Dobie era it did not have an official name or mascot. I...

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Dugdale, Daniel E. (1864-1934)

Daniel E. Dugdale was born in Peoria, Illinois, on October 18, 1864, and soon learned to play the new game called baseball. He starred on some of the first professional teams as a catcher, but was lur...

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Early Skiing in the Washington Cascades, Part 1: 1913-1937

This is the first of a two-part essay on the early history of skiing in Washington's Cascade Mountains, covering the period from the start of organized skiing in the region through 1937. It is based i...

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Early Skiing in the Washington Cascades, Part 2: 1938-1949

This is the second of a two-part essay on the early history of skiing in Washington's Cascade Mountains. This People's History was written by John W. Lundin and Stephen J. Lundin, who are both former ...

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Ellis, John W. (b. 1928)

John Ellis, former head of Bellevue-based Puget Sound Power and Light (now Puget Sound Energy), is best known for leading the effort to keep the Mariners in Seattle and build the team a new baseball s...

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Elmer Yates remembers the day the Big Leaguers came to Dugdale Park in 1931

Elmer S. Yates (b. 1917) was raised in the Rainier Valley and attended Franklin High School. He went to sea and became a ship's captain. In 1996, he wrote to the Rainier Valley Historical Society from...

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