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Located just south of Olympia, Tumwater became the site of the first American settlement north of the Columbia River with the arrival of the party led by Michael Simmons and George Bush in late 1845. Bush's son William Owen Bush took over the family farm and became an accomplished agronomist, taking the top prize for grain at the national centennial exposition on September 27, 1876. Owen Bush was one of Washington's first state legislators and used his term in office to advocate for the creation of a state agricultural
college, which would later become Washington State University.
On September 24, 1926, tens of thousands celebrated the grand opening of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The lavish playhouse was the brainchild of architect Robert Reamer, known for his designs of the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, Spokane's Fox Theater, Bellingham's Mt. Baker Theatre, and Seattle's Edmond Meany Hotel, as well as the 1411 4th Avenue Building -- home to the HistoryLink.org offices.
On September 23, 1927, the New York City-based Columbia Phonograph Company began a two-day round of
recording sessions with various local musicians in Spokane. Five musical acts were recorded, featuring dance orchestras and solo singers that were popular at the time. Three decades later, a new generation of Spokane youth spun discs with a different sound when Eastern Washington's Inland Empire Rock hit the scene.
On September 22, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt surreptitiously arrived at Fort Lewis as part of an undercover nationwide tour of World War II defense plants and military bases. Two decades later, on September 26, 1963, President John Kennedy participated in groundbreaking ceremonies for the N Reactor at Hanford, once the site of World War II's most secret project.
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