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Poulsbo -- Thumbnail History

Poulsbo, the little fishing town on Liberty Bay in North Kitsap County, due west of Seattle, got its nickname "Little Norway" from the many Norwegian Americans who settled there starting in the 1880s....

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Prosser -- Thumbnail History

Prosser, the county seat of Benton County, is a town of about 5,000 people located in the far western part of the Eastern Washington county. The economy is based on agriculture including orchards, whe...

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Puyallup -- Thumbnail History

Puyallup (Pew-al'-up), a suburban city of 36,790 (2007) about five miles southeast of Tacoma, was once the hub of an agricultural cornucopia. The Puyallup Valley is the ancestral home of the Puyallup ...

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Raymond -- Thumbnail History

The blanket of old growth forest that covered the Willapa Hills surrounding Raymond, on the Willapa River in Pacific County, fueled the town's growth from a handful of farms to a mill town bustling wi...

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Redmond -- Thumbnail History

Redmond, Washington, is known worldwide as a center for the computer industry -- home of Microsoft. The town's fame has come about only in recent times. For more than a century, Redmond was seen as ju...

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Remembering Metaline Falls and the Lehigh Portland Cement Plant, 1947-1969 by Alfred Schaeffer

This reminiscence about Metaline Falls and the Lehigh Portland Cement Plant was written by Alfred Schaeffer (1914-2009), who served as plant manager from 1947 to 1969. This piece was originally printe...

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Renton -- Thumbnail History

The city of Renton, located 15 miles southeast of Seattle along the southern shores of Lake Washington, has been a manufacturing center for the Pacific Northwest for more than a century.

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Republic -- Thumbnail History

Republic, the county seat of sparsely populated Ferry County in Northeast Washington, sprang into existence as a gold-mining camp in 1896 called Eureka or Eureka Gulch. By 1898 it was crowded with 2,0...

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Richland -- Thumbnail History

The city of Richland, one of the Tri-Cities along with Pasco and Kennewick, is on a site near the confluence of the Yakima River and the Columbia River that has been occupied for at least 11,000 years...

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Ridgefield -- Thumbnail History

Originally the site of a Chinook Indian village, the small city of Ridgefield in Clark County grew up on the banks of Lake River, a slow slough of navigable water that starts in Vancouver Lake and fl...

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Ritzville -- Thumbnail History

Ritzville is the county seat of Adams County in Eastern Washington and the center of a vast wheat-growing region. It sprang into existence in 1881 when the Northern Pacific railroad established it as ...

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Roslyn -- Thumbnail History

Roslyn, a town in Kittitas County on the east slope of the Cascades, was founded as a coal-mining town in 1886 when prospectors from the Northern Pacific railroad found rich veins of coal. Within week...

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