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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 (Lakewood)

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 miles...

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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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Tightwad Hill (Seattle)

Tightwad Hill is a celebrated part of Seattle baseball lore. Situated in the Rainier Valley on a rise east of Rainier Avenue and just north of McClellan Street, the hillside was owned for decades by f...

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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 for more than 30 years – took a startling plot twist upon his death on January 21,...

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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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Tollefson, Thor Carl (1901-1982)

Thor Tollefson was born in Perley, Minnesota, in 1901. He was 11 when his family moved to Tacoma, and he spent most of his adult life devoted to the public affairs of Tacoma and the state of Washingto...

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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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Toner, Wally (1942-2000): A Reminiscence

Walter Bernard "Wally" Toner Jr., one of Seattle's most respected political consultants, died on October 10, 2000 of heart failure. A Seattle University graduate, he had served as an aide to fomer U.S...

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Top Secret Hanford: How Franklin Roosevelt and his Underlings Hid the Truth About the Atomic Bomb

Today much is known about the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and brought an end to World War II. But in the 1940s, the work being done on the Manhattan Project – inc...

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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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