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Chittenden, Hiram Martin (1858-1917)

Hiram Martin Chittenden (1858-1917) spent most of his working life with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he was involved in the early development of Yellowstone National Park and in navigation,...

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Chow, Ruby (1920-2008)

Ruby Chow was dubbed a "living legend" (Rhodes) for her 50-year career as a restaurateur, Chinese community pioneer, civic activist, public official, and a major bridge between Seattle's Chinese commu...

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Christian Friends for Racial Equality

The Christian Friends for Racial Equality (CFRE) was a pioneering civil rights organization in Seattle from 1942 through 1970. The interracial and interfaith group sought education and social interact...

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Cigarette Prohibition in Washington, 1893-1911

The first Washington state elected official to make national history in a crusade against cigarettes was not Attorney General Christine Gregoire, who brokered a settlement between the tobacco industry...

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Cirque Playhouse (Seattle, 1950-1981)

Seattle's Cirque Playhouse forged a special place in Northwest history during its three decades of almost-continuous operation. Founded and led by Gene Keene (1919-1988), the Cirque staged hundreds of...

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City Light's Birth and Seattle's Early Power Struggles, 1886-1950

City Light, Seattle's publicly owned electric utility, began to take shape in 1902, when voters approved bonds for a hydroelectric dam on the Cedar River. The project, completed in 1905, was a direct ...

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CityClub (Seattle)

In 1980, eight women seeking to contribute to the community's civic dialogue got together to form the nucleus of CityClub in Seattle. At the time, many civic organizations, such as Rotary Internationa...

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Civic Unity Committee in Seattle

In January 1944, Mayor William F. Devin (1898-1982), who was Seattle's mayor from 1942-1952, formed Seattle's Civic Unity Committee to manage and assuage growing fears of racial violence. Riots in Det...

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Civil Violence in Seattle -- A Brief History

This piece on violence in the history of Seattle was written by Walt Crowley (1947-2007), Executive Director of www.historylink.org, and appeared in The Seattle Times on December 12, 1999, immediately...

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Civil War and Washington Territory

The Civil War started with the Confederate shelling of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861. Washington Territory was just under eight years old and more than a quarter ...

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Claire, Nancy (b. 1943)

Once upon a time in the Pacific Northwest, the region's early rock 'n' roll scene boasted but a few teenage female singers -- and of those first-generation rockers, it would be the Kent Valley area's ...

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Clallam County -- Thumbnail History

Clallam County occupies the northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula, extending nearly 100 miles along the Strait of Juan de Fuca on its north and more than 35 miles along the Pacific Coast on its we...

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Clapp, Norton (1906-1995)

Norton Clapp, one of the five original investors in Seattle's Space Needle, was a businessman and philanthropist with a seemingly endless capacity for work. A former president of the Weyerhaeuser Corp...

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Clark College (Vancouver, Washington)

On October 2, 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, six young instructors opened the doors of a rented ($25 a month) former downtown Vancouver boarding house and 25 students entered Vancouver J...

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Clark County -- Thumbnail History

Local history buffs call Clark County the "Cradle of Pacific Northwest History," reflecting the importance of the 628-square-mile southwestern Washington county as the scene of key historical developm...

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Clark, General Mark Wayne (1896-1984)

On July 27, 1937 Major Mark Wayne Clark received an assignment to the Third Division, Fort Lewis, Washington, as Assistant Chief of Staff. This would be the start of an association with the state, in...

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Clarkston -- Thumbnail History

With a 2010 population of 7,265, Clarkston is the urban center, though not the county seat, of tiny Asotin County in the southeast corner of Washington. At the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater r...

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Cle Elum -- Thumbnail History

Cle Elum is a city in Kittitas County on the upper Yakima River, about 30 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass. For centuries, the land was inhabited by the Kittitas band of the Yakama Tribe, who used the wo...

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Cle Elum Ski Club

Skiing in the Northwest got a boost in 1921 when the Summit Ski Club (later the Cle Elum Ski Club, Inc.) was formed. Under the leadership of John "Syke" Bresko (1895-1987), the Cle Elum Ski Club flour...

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Cleator, Frederick William (1883-1957)

Frederick William Cleator was a forester and conservationist who in the first half of the twentieth century was instrumental in the federal government's efforts to survey, establish, regulate, and pro...

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Clint Eastwood at Beaver Lake, Sammamish Plateau (1953)

The actor and director Clint Eastwood (b. 1930) taught lifeguard training classes at Beaver Lake (King County) one summer in 1953. This account, written by Phil Dougherty, reprints his article "Clint ...

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Clinton, Gordon Stanley (1920-2011)

Gordon Clinton served as the mayor of Seattle more than a half century ago, but he helped lay the groundwork for the city that exists today. During his eight years in office, Seattle adopted its first...

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Clise, James (1855-1939)

James W. Clise arrived in Seattle the day after the great fire of 1889 had burned down the business district. He promptly founded a real estate company, launching a career that made him one of the mos...

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Close, Charles T. "Chuck" (b. 1940)

Artist Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close, who grew up in Everett and Tacoma and studied art at the University of Washington, redefined the portrait in the contemporary art world beginning in 1967 with his ...

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