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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.

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This Week Then


News Then, History Now

Printed Editions

On August 9, 1873, Thomas Prosch began publishing Tacoma's first newspaper, the Pacific Tribune. Prosch later cofounded and was publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Another noteworthy news event this week occurred on August 10, 1896, when The Seattle Times published its first edition edited by the paper's new co-owner, Alden J. Blethen.

Sports Competitions

On August 8, 1932, swimmer Helene Madison won the first of three gold medals at that year's Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. And on August 9, 1936, Lee Orr of Monroe placed fifth in the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics.

Flying Conditions

Beloved cowboy humorist Will Rogers played his last game of polo in Lake City on August 6, 1935, before departing Boeing Field on a fatal flight to Alaska with pilot Wiley Post. Three years later, Everett doctor Harmon Rhoads Jr. began a more successful voyage when he left Boeing Field on August 7, 1938, as member of a noted Antarctic expedition.

Wild Debut

When Seattle's Seafair celebration got its start on August 11, 1950, it included the very first Aqua Follies, held at Green Lake's Aqua Theatre, and the ever-popular hydroplane races on Lake Washington. But five years later, on August 7, 1955, many in the crowd at the races saw something they would never forget when Boeing test pilot Alvin "Tex" Johnston performed two slow "barrel rolls" while doing a fly-by of Boeing's first jet airliner.

Pas De Deux

On August 8, 1967, the Joffrey Ballet inaugurated its first Tacoma residency with a sold-out performance at Pacific Lutheran University. Robert Joffrey was born in Seattle and cofounded the ballet company with Gerald Arpino, whom he met in 1945 when Arpino was stationed in Seattle in the Coast Guard.

Peaceful View

On August 6, 1990 -- the 45th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing -- dedication ceremonies were held for the Seattle Peace Park near the University of Washington. Conceived by Quaker peace activist Floyd Schmoe, the park features a statue of Sadako Sasaki, who died at age 12 of leukemia caused by the atomic bombing,  holding a folded paper crane. Since its installation, the statue has been continuously graced by colorful strings of paper cranes placed there by visitors.

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Raymond incorporated in Pacific County on August 6, 1907

Quote of the Week

"It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them."

--J. Robert Oppenheimer

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