Today in Washington State History From Russian ship <i>Saint Nicholas</i> wrecks near mouth of Quillayute River on November 1, 1808. William Ladd makes first purchase of site of future West Seattle business district on November 1, 1869. Washington Territorial Legislature creates Lincoln County on November 1, 1883. Fire Commission fires Seattle Fire Chief Gardner Kellogg on November 1, 1892. E. G. Pelton and other socialists found Equality Colony on November 1, 1897. Billy Waples opens the Lynden Department Store on November 1, 1897. South Fork Snoqualmie River Bridge is completed by November 1, 1914. Tonasket native Walter Brattain named co-recipient of Nobel Prize for Physics on November 1, 1956. Biggs Rapids/Sam Hill Memorial Bridge, spanning the Columbia at Maryhill, opens on November 1, 1962. William A. Bulley becomes Director of Highways on November 1, 1975. Seattle City Council approves revised Magnuson Park-Sand Point plan on November 1, 1999. King County closes parks for the winter on November 1, 2002.