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Warren, Joel Franklin (1858-1934)

Joel "Joe" Warren was Spokane's Chief of Police during the 1880s. He left this position to form his own detective agency. Later, from 1917 to 1920, he served as Seattle's Chief of Police, playing an a...

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Washelli Cemetery (1884-1887), Seattle

Washelli Cemetery, located on the land that is now Volunteer Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, served as Seattle's municipal cemetery from 1884 to 1887. The name Washelli was understood at ...

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Washington Forest Fires: A Tour

This is a tour of major forest fires in Washington state history. Written and curated by David Wilma. Map by Marie McCaffrey.

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Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA)

The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) was established in 1908, and for its first 50 years was known as the Washington Forest Fire Association (WFFA). The WFFA grew quickly in its early y...

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Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA): Firefighting Technology, 1908-1978

The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) was incorporated on April 6, 1908, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. For its first 50 years the association was known as the Washington ...

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Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA): Policy Actions 1908-2008

The Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) was established on April 6, 1908, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. For its first 50 years the Association was known as the Washington F...

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Washington Good Roads Association

The Northwest's system of roads and highways did not evolve easily. At the turn of the twentieth century, few roads were paved or even improved and county projects were not coordinated with one anothe...

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Washington Hall (Seattle)

Washington Hall, located at 153 14th Avenue in Seattle's Squire Park neighborhood, began its life as the headquarters of Lodge No. 29 of the Danish Brotherhood in America, a fraternal organization. Lo...

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Washington, James Jr. (1911-2000)

The eminent African American sculptor and painter James Washington Jr. was a leading member of the Northwest School. He grew up in Mississippi. After working as a WPA artist, he came to the Puget Soun...

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Washington, Janie Rogella (1908-2000)

Janie Rogella Washington was a Seattle nurse and supportive wife who shared and inspired the spirituality that shaped the art of her husband, Dr. James W. Washington Jr. (1911-2000), the international...

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Washington Mutual (WaMu)

Washington Mutual sprang into existence in Seattle in 1889 as a two-person operation and eventually became the largest savings-and-loan in the nation. It began as Washington National Building Loan and...

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Washington Naval Depots (World War II)

Washington's excellent ports and fine railroad network made the state a good choice for siting large naval supply depots during World War II. Enormous depots were built at Pier 91 in Seattle and near ...

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Washington Park (Seattle)

Washington Park, home to the Washington Park Arboretum, is located between Seattle's Madison Park and Montlake neighborhoods with its north end fronting Union Bay and State Route 520. In addition to t...

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Washington Public Port Districts -- Part 1

In 1911, the Washington Legislature, reacting against private railroad companies' domination of docks and harbors that were critical to the trade-dependent state's economy, authorized local voters to ...

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Washington Public Port Districts -- Part 2

Washington's publicly owned and managed port districts operate huge container shipping terminals, small-boat marinas, and rural boat launches. They run major international airports, small general avia...

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Washington Public Ports: A List with Founding Dates

This is a list of Washington Public Ports, presented in the order they were established. Washington has 75 public port districts, more than any other state. Each is an independent government body, run...

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Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS)

The Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) started in the 1950s as a means to guarantee electric power to homes and industry in the Northwest. Well-meaning officials believed that building nucl...

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Washington Skiers in the 1936 and 1948 Winter Olympics

Although the Winter Olympics began in 1924, athletes from Washington did not participate until the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where five local skiers went to compete. Two...

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Washington State Army Depots in World War II

During World War II a number of U.S. Army and Army Air Force supply depots were established in Washington state, and an existing army depot on the Seattle waterfront was greatly expanded. These depots...

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Washington State Conference for Women, 1977

The Washington State Conference for Women, held in Ellensburg in July 1977, was an attempt to bring women together to talk about common problems and develop strategies for solving them. Instead, it be...

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Washington State Grange

The Washington State Grange was founded on September 10, 1889, at the Pioneer Store in La Camas (now Camas), Clark County, spurred in part by objections to the proposed state constitution that had jus...

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Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS)

The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) was founded in 1980 to broaden and carry forward the work of the Seattle Jewish Archives Project (SJAP), which began in 1968 as a joint venture o...

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Washington State Library

The Washington State Library was established by the organic act which created Washington Territory in 1853, and it has served as the official library for state government since Washington gained state...

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Washington State Politics -- Its Past, Present, and Utterly Unpredictable Future

On May 24, 2002, Walt Crowley delivered the following historical "primer" on Washington state politics to the Western States Caucus of the Democratic National Committee held in Seattle. The talk revie...

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