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Diablo Dam incline railway climbing Sourdough Mountain, 1930. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 2306.
Children waving to ferry, 1950. Courtesy Museum of History and Industry.
Loggers in the Northwest woods. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle • 10.06.2022 @ 11:30 AM


After more than 100 years of dreaming, we will have a new central waterfront park, where people can gather to continue old traditions and create new ones.

Join us on October 6 at the Four Seasons for HistoryLunch as we look at how the stories of Dzidzilalich and Seattle are woven together, and marvel at an immersive experience that will reveal the Waterfront Park to come.

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This Week Then


News Then, History Now

Time to Grow

Harvest season has traditionally been a time for farmers to show off their crops. On September 24, 1894, the first Washington State Agricultural Fair opened in Yakima. And on September 24, 1937, the Lincoln County Fair resumed in Davenport after a decades-long hiatus.

High and Low

On September 22, 1890, members of the Olympic Exploring Expedition made the first recorded ascent of Mount Olympus on the Olympic Peninsula. Nineteen years later, on September 23, 1909, Seattle's most luxurious toilet convenience opened in the bowels of the city.


On the Go

South Bend incorporated on September 27, 1890, and would later become the seat of Pacific County. And on September 28, 1909, Yakima County commissioners approved the incorporation of Granger. The town was named for Walter Granger, who actually lived in nearby Zillah

Opening Night

On September 24, 1926, thousands celebrated the grand opening of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The lavish playhouse was the brainchild of architect Robert Reamer, also known for his designs of the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park, Spokane's Fox Theater, Bellingham's Mt. Baker Theatre, and Seattle's Edmond Meany Hotel and 1411 4th Avenue Building.

Presidents Excite

On September 23, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated McNary Dam on the Columbia River. And on September 26, 1963, more than 30,000 people greeted President John F Kennedy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, where he participated in groundbreaking ceremonies for the N Reactor. The next day, an equally large crowd came to hear him speak at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium.

Idyllic Site

Twenty years ago this week, on September 22, 2002, IslandWood -- a nonprofit environmental learning center -- opened on Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County. Initially called the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center, it was championed by Debbi Brainerd and her husband, Aldus software developer Paul Brainerd. Designed by Tom Berger, IslandWood would later receive the state's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its sustainable design.


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Twenty-five years ago this week, on September 27, 1997, UW Tacoma opened its permanent location in the downtown warehouse district. 

Quote of the Week

“I'm not sure he's wrong about automobiles," he said. "With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization -- that is, in spiritual civilization. It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men's souls.”

--Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

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