Seattle receives epithet Queen City in 1869.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 11/04/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 181
In 1869, Russell and Ferry, a Portland real estate firm, gives Seattle the epithet the Queen City. They issue a pamphlet titled "The Future Queen City of the Pacific."

The epithet lasts until 1982. That year, the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau adopts "The Emerald City" as the epithet for Seattle and incorporates it into a logo to promote tourism.


Sources: Thomas Prosch, "A Chronological History of Seattle from 1850 to 1897" (typescript, dated 1900-1901, Special Collections, University of Washington Library), 192.

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