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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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Three in A Row

Blaine in Whatcom County incorporated on May 20, 1890, and Hoquiam incorporated in Grays Harbor County the next day. Three days after that, Davenport reincorporated in Lincoln County after losing its incorporation status following Washington's statehood.

Where Boats Can Go

One hundred years ago this week, the Port of Illahee in Kitsap County was formed on May 20, 1922, making it the sixteenth port district in Washington following the establishment of the Port of Seattle in 1911. Since the 1930s, Illahee's dock -- originally a stop for passenger steamers -- has been maintained for recreational use.

Carnival Row

On May 24, 1930, Playland opened at Bitter Lake in North Seattle. The popular amusement park bridged the era between the bygone days of Luna Park and the forward-looking Century 21 Exposition.

Lost in the Fire

On May 23, 1944, fire destroyed part of the Issaquah Lumber Company mill in Monohon. And on May 20, 1958, the Seattle Cedar Manufacturing plant in Ballard was consumed by the largest conflagration to hit Seattle since the Great Fire of 1889.

Look in the Water

On May 20, 1977, the Seattle Aquarium opened to enthusiastic well-wishers. Funded by Forward Thrust bonds, the aquarium was an immediate success. Since its opening, visitors to the award-winning aquarium have seen additions, expansions, an array of exhibits, and aquatic celebrations.


Up in the Air

On May 23, 1991, the town of Forks shut down when its citizens traveled en masse to Olympia to protest critical habitat protections for the northern spotted owl. Three years later, Federal District Court Judge William L. Dwyer upheld the federal spotted-owl management plan in a key National Environmental Policy Act decision.

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Arlington incorporated on May 20, 1903.

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“I miss it if I’m not in it for any length of time; I don’t feel comfortable. I want trees and I want frequent rain.”

-- Murray Morgan

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