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The Story of Willie Keil

This account of the strange journey of Willie Keil (1836-1855) over the Oregon Trail was written by Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) and first appeared in Adventure West in November 1994.

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The Swinging Chandelier: A Story for April 1 by Ralph Munro

Ralph Munro served as Secretary of State from 1980 to 2001. This story of the chandelier in the Capitol Building in Olympia also involves another person, Jack Metcalf (1927-2007), a Washington state s...

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The Ulin and Spray Families, Pioneers of Seattle

The Ulin family arrived in Seattle in 1869, and Erick Ulin Sr. worked as a ship carpenter. The Spray family arrived in 1875. Carl Wade, third cousin to the Sprays, contributed this account of these tw...

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The Women's Movement and Radical Politics in Seattle, 1964-1980

This is an exerpt from an interview with Dotty DeCoster conducted by HistoryLink's Heather MacIntosh in April 2000. DeCoster was an outspoken member of the Women's Movement in the late 1960s and 1970s...

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Theodore Roethke Remembered

This remembrance of the poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was written by one of his former students, James Knisely. Knisely is author of a novel, Chance, An Existential Horse Opera (Mwynhad Press, 200...

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Thiry, Paul Albert (1904-1993)

Among Washington's most illustrious architects of his generation, Paul Thiry exerted a major influence in the emergence of the "Northwest style" of architecture as an early proponent of modernist desi...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl -- Oral History, Part 1: Connection, Creation, Communication

Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948) is a Seattle artist whose work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Whatcom County Museum, and in museums and galleries throughout the...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl -- Oral History, Part 2: Transformation, Responsibility, Choice

Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948) is a Seattle artist whose work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Whatcom County Museum, and in museums and galleries throughout the...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl -- Oral History, Part 3: Process and Purpose

Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948) is a Seattle artist whose work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Whatcom County Museum, and in museums and galleries throughout the...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl (b. 1948)

The former Executive Director of Seattle's Northwest African American Museum, Barbara Earl Thomas is far more than an institutional administrator. She is also an inspiring lecturer on the topics of ar...

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Thomas, Harlan (1870-1953)

Architect Harlan Thomas provided Seattle with an array of well-executed designs including the Sorrento Hotel and Harborview Hospital. He also designed schools in Aberdeen, Monroe, and Enumclaw, World ...

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Thomas, Harvey (1920-1987)

Harvey Vern Thomas (1920-1987) led an active and multi-faceted life as a musician, a machinist, a businessman -- and a notoriously fun-loving prankster. But it was his role as the luthier responsible ...

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Thomas, Joan K. (1931-2011)

After arriving in the Puget Sound area in 1955, Joan Thomas developed a passion for preserving Washington's environment, particularly water quality. She found a myriad ways to pursue her goal, first ...

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Thompson, Dr. Alvin Jerome (1924-2012)

Dr. Alvin Jerome Thompson was an African American, an accomplished physician, a dedicated volunteer for many causes, and a man of varied talents and interests. He moved to Seattle in 1953, with his wi...

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Thomson, Reginald Heber (1856-1949)

Reginald Heber Thomson probably did more to change the face of Seattle than any one individual. During his exemplary career as city engineer and beyond, he leveled hills, straightened and dredged wate...

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Thornburg, Newton Kendall Jr. (1929-2011)

Newton Thornburg was a successful fiction writer who wrote 11 novels between 1967 and 1996, his most notable book being Cutter and Bone (1976). Though seen by many as a crime writer (some perceived sh...

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Thornewood Castle, in Lakewood, Pierce County

Although Thornewood is not in King County, there are many who believe that it is, due to its starring role as the mansion in Stephen King's Rose Red, a made-for-television movie set in Seattle, which ...

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Threatening Skies: Memories of World War II in West Seattle

Norma Milliman recounts her discovery of World War II flyers dropped in West Seattle: "I have vivid memories of the sky turning dark with airplanes flying over the water. The sound they made was a dee...

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Thurston, Samuel (1816-1851)

Samuel Royal Thurston's (1816-1851) political ambitions were greater than his short life allowed. Oregon Territory's first delegate to the U.S. Congress, Thurston is credited with passage of the Donat...

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Thurston County -- Thumbnail History

Thurston County is located in Western Washington, on the southern end of Puget Sound, often called the "South Sound." It is the eighth smallest county in the state, with a total land mass of 727 mile...

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Tieton -- Thumbnail History

The name Tieton derives from Taitnapam, the name of a local Indian tribe, and was chosen for the town in Yakima County by the U.S. Postal Service in 1909. Located on the north fork of Cowiche Creek --...

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Tim Harris Oral History, Part 1: Real Change -- How It All Started

After dropping out of high school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, running away from home, and serving four years in the air force, Tim Harris entered the University of Massachusetts, where he founded a ...

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Tim Harris Oral History, Part 2: Real Change -- How It Grew, What It Does

Real Change, a leader in the "street-paper" movement, was started in Seattle by Tim Harris in 1994. Its declared mission is "to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while...

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Tim Harris Oral History, Part 3: Real Change -- The Power of Relationships

Real Change, a leader in the "street-paper" movement, was started in Seattle by Tim Harris in 1994. Its declared mission is "to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while...

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