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Braman, James d'Orma (Dorm), (1901-1980)

This biography of James d'Orma "Dorm" Braman, Seattle City Council member beginning in 1954, and Seattle mayor from 1964 to 1969, was written by his son, Jim Braman.

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Bratnober, John (1879-1951)

Say the name Bratnober to anyone living on the Sammamish Plateau in the first half of the twentieth century (or to a Plateau historian) and their face will light up in instant recognition. Bratnober w...

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Breaking In a New Mayor

In this op-ed essay for The Seattle Times, Walt Crowley compares the "transition" of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to that of Wes Uhlman, Charles Royer, Norm Rice, and Paul Schell. Crowley was an aide to...

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Breitung and Buchinger Architecture Firm (1905-1907)

The architectural firm of Carl Alfred Breitung (1868-?) and Theobald Buchinger (1866-1940), partners from only 1905 to 1907, provided Seattle with several buildings reflecting their German and Austria...

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Bremerton -- Thumbnail History

The city of Bremerton, home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, was founded in 1891 by German immigrant William Bremer. The main part of the city is on the Kitsa...

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Bresemann, E. J. (1881-1971)

In this People's History, Steilacoom resident Nancy Covert outlines the life and works of Tacoma's Emanuel J. Bresemann, one of Washington state's first 20 licensed architects and the designer of more...

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Bretz, J Harlen (1882-1981)

J Harlen Bretz was a geologist who launched one of the great controversies of modern science by arguing, in the 1920s, that the deep canyons and pockmarked buttes of the arid “scabl...

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Bridge, Herbert "Herb" Marvin (1925-2018)

Herbert M. "Herb" Bridge lived a full, well-traveled life as a successful businessman, a naval officer in two wars, and a Seattle civic leader and philanthropist whose boundless energies earned him th...

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Bridges of Washington State: A Slideshow Primer of Technology Through Time

In Washington, bridges are ubiquitous. As of August 4, 2010, there were 9,415 bridges on the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) inventory. These include all bridges 10 feet and long...

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Britten, Patsy (1923-2013)

An overnight star on the Seattle radio airwaves in the 1920s, sweet little Patsy Britten was promoted as a "baby 'blues singer,'" a "baby radio star," "a child wonder," and then the "Sweetheart of KOL...

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Broadview Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Broadview Branch, The Seattle Public Library, located at 12755 Greenwood Avenue N, began as one room in a portable classroom and has served northwest Seattle in one form or another since 1944. Bro...

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Broderick, Henry (1880-1975)

Henry Broderick was a highly respected Seattle civic leader and the longtime president of the city's largest real estate firm. From the time he arrived in town in 1901 until his death seven decades la...

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Brotman, Jeffrey H. (1942-2017) and Susan R. (b. 1949)

Jeffrey and Susan Brotman were long one of the most dynamic public-spirited couples contributing to the region’s well being, their efforts ranging over the arts, health care, education, and dive...

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Brougham, Royal (1894-1978)

A 68-year veteran of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, journalist Royal Brougham was once dubbed "Dean of American Sportswriters." Brougham's column, "The Morning After," was a fixture of P-I sports pag...

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Brown, Amos (1833-1899) and Alson Lennon Brown (1868-1942)

Amos Brown was a prominent early citizen of Seattle. He was a pioneering lumberman in the Puget Sound region beginning in the 1850s and had substantial real estate holdings in present downtown Seattle...

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Browns Point Light Station

The Browns Point Lighthouse was built in 1933 by the U.S. Lighthouse Service, and marks the hazardous shoal and north entrance to Tacoma's Commencement Bay. It was first marked in 1887 with a post lan...

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Bryant, Alice Franklin (1899-1977)

Alice Bryant was a life-long peace activist and advocate for justice, based in Seattle. She was a world traveler, a prolific writer of letters to the editor, a lecturer, poet, essayist, and an author ...

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Builders of Classic Boats, Lake Union (Seattle)

The opening of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1917 spurred the development on Lake Union of a number of boat-building yards that for more than 40 years used traditional methods and materials ...

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Building Seattle -- A Slideshow History of Seattle's Capital Improvement Projects

This is a Slideshow photo essay on the history of Seattle's Capital Improvement Projects. Written By Walt Crowley and curated by Paul Dorpat, with Chris Goodman. Presented by Seattle City Councilmembe...

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Bull, Walter Alvadore (1838-1898)

Walter Alvadore Bull was in the first wave of non-Indian settlers in the Kittitas Valley just east of the Cascade Range in Central Washington. A 30-year-old bachelor and Union veteran of the Civil War...

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Bulley, William A. (b. 1925)

William Arthur Bulley served as Director of Highways for the Washington Department of Highways from 1975 to 1977. In September 1977 when the Legislature created the Washington State Department of Tra...

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Bullitt, Dorothy Stimson (1892-1989)

Dorothy Stimson Bullitt purchased a small Seattle radio station with almost no listeners in 1947. She expanded it into one of the finest broadcasting empires in the nation. She was a Seattle civic lea...

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Bullitt Family, The

The family of KING Broadcasting founder Dorothy Stimson Bullitt (Seattle's First Citizen for 1959) continued her tradition of community service and philanthropy and each family member has distinguishe...

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Bullitt, Stimson (1919-2009)

Stimson Bullitt climbed mountains and rock faces, helped transform Seattle's rundown 1st Avenue, served a decade as King Broadcasting Co. president, was a skilled appellate lawyer, championed civil li...

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