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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, located adjacent to the city of Bremerton on Sinclair Inlet, was established in 1891. It was the first dry-dock and repair facility in the Northwest capable of handling th...

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Quinault Treaty, 1856

The Quinault Treaty was signed by Isaac Stevens (1818-1862), Governor of Washington Territory, and by Quinault Chief Taholah and other chiefs, subchiefs, and tribal delegates on the Quinault River on ...

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Racism in Seattle and Fort Lewis During World War II: An Oral History of Arline and Letcher Yarbrough

This oral history of Arline and Letcher Yarbrough concerning racism during World War II in Seattle and at Fort Lewis was conducted at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) on January 26. 1985, ...

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Remembering 1968 by Dale Eldon Lund

For most young men who reached their late teens in the late 1960s, mandatory military service was a looming reality. At the other end of the fun spectrum were the early rock festivals, which, for a ti...

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Remembering the End of the War -- August 14, 1945

This reminiscence of the day, on August 14, 1945, that World War II ended was written by Robert B. Edgers, who was 15 at the time. He lived in Sylvan, on Fox Island, located in Puget Sound just south ...

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Remembering Walter Woodward (1910-2001)

In this People's History Gerald Elfendahl of Bainbridge Island remembers the Bainbridge Island journalist and defender of human rights Walter C. Woodward Jr. (1910-2001). Woodward was an exemplary jou...

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Romance of Seattle Railroads: a Reminiscence by Warren Wing

This is a reminiscence of trains and the railroad in Seattle during the 1920s and 1930s, and during World War II. It is by Warren Wing (1918-2011), historian, author of To Seattle by Trolley (1988), a...

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Russell, Admiral James Sargent (1903-1996)

James S. Russell grew up on American Lake in Pierce County, where he developed a love of sailing. After graduating from Stadium High School in Tacoma at age 15, he tried to join the navy but was turne...

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Sakamoto, James (1903-1955)

Born in Seattle, James Y. Sakamoto became one of the leaders of the local and national Japanese American community during the critical era just before and after the start of World War II. He was a fou...

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San Juan Island Pig War -- Part 1

The "Pig War" is the name commonly given to the 13-year standoff between the American Army and British Royal Navy on San Juan Island that began in the summer of 1859 after an American settler shot a B...

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San Juan Island Pig War -- Part 2

The military confrontation between the United States and Great Britain over the San Juan Islands known as the "Pig War" lasted for 13 years from the shooting of the pig in 1859 until its belated but p...

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Sand Point Naval Air Station: 1920-1970

Under a variety of official designations, Sand Point, a peninsula in north Seattle that juts into Lake Washington, served for almost 50 years as an air base, aviation training center, and aircraft rep...

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