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On August 2, 1878, the Sisters of Providence opened their first hospital in Seattle on the present site of the William Kenzo Nakamura Federal Courthouse. But their work was far from over. One year later, on August 3, 1879, the cornerstone was laid for St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, adjacent to St. Vincent's Academy, established by the Sisters in 1864.
On July 31, 1899, hydroelectric generators began producing energy deep in the bowels of Snoqualmie Falls, and they are still in operation today. This week also marks the anniversary of FDR's first visit to Grand Coulee Dam on August 3, 1934. Three years later he signed the measure that created the Bonneville Power Administration, which continues to deliver power from Grand Coulee and 30 other dams.
This week marks the birthdays of two neighboring communities in south King County that incorporated nearly a half-century apart. The City of Pacific, which straddles the King-Pierce County line, incorporated on August 2, 1909, a few years after the Seattle-Tacoma Interurban Railway brought growth and development to the White River Valley area. Algona, located north of Pacific, was also platted in the 1900s, but didn't incorporate until August 1, 1955.
In 1929 freshman state representative Pearl Wannamaker succeeded in getting both houses of the state legislature to unanimously approve the construction of a bridge connecting Whidbey Island to the mainland. Unfortunately for island residents, Governor Roland Hartley vetoed the project. Wanamaker persevered and was able to pass the bridge plan after the 1932 election, which Democrats won in a landslide. The Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges joining Island and Skagit counties opened on July 31, 1935, and have since become one of Washington's most attractive tourist destinations.
"I like to think that the Moon is there, even if I am not looking at it."
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