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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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Tipton, Billy (1914-1989)

The otherwise low-key life story of Billy Tipton -- an obscure jazz pianist who worked out of Spokane, Washington, for 40 years -- took a startling plot twist upon his death on January 21, 1989. A few...

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To Resign or Not: Southern Officers in Washington Territory on the Eve of the Civil War

On the eve of the Civil War, United States Army regiments west of the Rocky Mountains were little more than a frontier police force, isolated, undermanned, underpaid, and poorly provisioned. The situa...

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Tobey, Mark (1890-1976)

Mark Tobey was a leading painter of the Northwest School, one of the four "Northwest Mystics" described in a 1953 Life magazine article that proclaimed the "Mystic Painters of the Pacific Northwest." ...

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Toner, Wally (1942-2000)

Walter Bernard "Wally" Toner Jr. was one of Seattle's most respected political consultants and played key roles in numerous state and local elections in Washington state, including successful campaign...

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Toppenish -- Thumbnail History

The city of Toppenish is an agricultural center in the fertile Yakima Valley and the largest city on the Yakama Indian Reservation. It sits amid orchards and fields about two miles from the south bank...

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Torrance, Roscoe "Torchy" (1899-1990)

Roscoe Conkling Torrance, known as Torchy, was a Seattle printer and civic booster. Among his numerous civic causes he was best known as an unflagging sports fan, a tireless booster of the University ...

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Total Experience Gospel Choir (Seattle)

Sacred music has a fairly deep history in the Pacific Northwest, and the most prominent and longest-lasting gospel group in the region is undoubtedly Seattle's Total Experience Gospel Choir. Originall...

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Tourism in the San Juan Islands, Part 1

The San Juan Islands, an archipelago located in Salish Sea waters between Washington and Vancouver Island, B.C., have always held a strong attraction for visitors. From the first peoples who inhabited...

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Tourism in the San Juan Islands, Part 2

From the earliest settlement of the San Juan Islands, visitors traveled to the enchanting archipelago in the far Pacific Northwest Salish Sea to fish and hunt; explore rocky coasts and inland forests;...

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Town Hall Seattle

Town Hall Seattle, a venue for a wide variety of cultural events located at 1119 8th Avenue, started life as the city's Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist. The congregation was established in July 190...

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Towne, Chris Smith (b. 1934)

Chris Smith Towne is a Seattle-based community and environmental activist and consultant. Her career trajectory began in Bellevue as a member of Bellevue's Park's Board and as a Bellevue City Council ...

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Towne, David Lawrence (b. 1931)

Dave Towne's natural optimism and gregariousness played a big part in his long, successful career in land management and parks and recreation that made lasting changes to the city of Seattle from the ...

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Trackless Trolleys in Seattle

Trackless trolleys -- electric trolleys that have rubber tires rather than running on rails like streetcars -- have been a distinctive feature of Seattle's transit system since 1940. Seattle became th...

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Trager Manufacturing Company / Trager USA

The roots of Trager USA in Monroe, Snohomish County, trace back to Lloyd F. Nelson (1894?-1986) of Bremerton, Kitsap County. Nelson was working in Alaska in 1920 when he decided to enjoy a hike into t...

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Transportation and Communication in Seattle in 1900

Imagine life without telephones or email; without automobiles, motorboats or airplanes; without floating bridges or paved roads over the Cascades. So it was in 1900. Seattle boasted some of the nation...

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Transportation Chronology: Moving Washington for a Century -- 100 Years in the History of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

This chronology marks the major milestones in the evolution of Washington's transportation system over a century of progress, challenge, and innovation.

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Treaty of Medicine Creek, 1854

The Treaty of Medicine Creek was signed on December 26, 1854, at a meeting at Medicine Creek in present-day Thurston County. Sixty-two leaders of major Western Washington tribes, including the Nisqual...

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Treaty of Neah Bay, 1855

The Treaty of Neah Bay was signed on on January 31, 1855 by Isaac Stevens (1818-1862), Governor of Washington Territory, and by leaders and delegates of the Makah tribe. Following is the complete text...

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Treaty of Olympia, 1856

The Treaty of Olympia was signed by representatives of the United States government and the Quinault Indian tribe on July 1, 1855, and by the Hoh and Quileute Indian tribes on January 25, 1856, and ra...

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Treaty of Point Elliott, 1855

The Point Elliott Treaty was signed on January 22, 1855, by Isaac Stevens (1818-1862), Governor of Washington Territory, and by Duwamish Chief Seattle, Snoqualmie Chief Patkanim, Lummi Chief Chow-its-...

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