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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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Clyde Hill -- Thumbnail History

Clyde Hill (King County) is a pleasant, affluent community on the Eastside of Lake Washington. It is sometimes mistaken as being part of its much larger neighbor, Bellevue. Fruit and vegetable farmers...

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Coal in the Puget Sound Region

The history of coal in Puget Sound is tied to the development and expansion of the railroad in the West. Locomotives burned coal, and coal, which is heavy and bulky, could not be transported without t...

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Coal Miners' Picnic

Through the middle of the twentieth century, when hundreds of coal miners worked the coal mines of eastern King and Pierce counties, the annual Coal Miners' Picnic was a highlight of the summer for mi...

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Coal Mining in an east Pierce County area known as Pittsburg (1889-1909), Spiketon (1910-1916), and finally Morristown (1917-1927)

East Pierce County's Carbon River coal district was once dotted with a dozen small mining communities. Wilkeson, Carbonado, South Prairie, and Burnett survived, but Fairfax, Manley-Moore, Melmont, Mon...

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Coast Salish Camas Cultivation

Camas (Camassia spp) bulbs were harvested and baked as a sweet, fructose-rich food by Native Americans throughout the Great Basin and the Pacific Northwest. Camas meadows or "prairies" were often burn...

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Coast Salish Woolly Dogs

Weaving with spun yarns was a defining characteristic of pre-Contact Coast Salish civilization in the Salish Sea (the marine waterways of what are now Washington and British Columbia), together with t...

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Cobain, Kurt (1967-1994)

Kurt Cobain, among the most famous musicians to emerge from the Pacific Northwest, established himself as the iconic rock 'n' roll anti-hero of his time. Born in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, Cobain ...

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Coleman, Nancy (1912-2000)

Radio, stage, and screen actress Nancy Coleman, who grew up in Everett in Snohomish County north of Seattle, had a successful career that spanned nearly four decades. Beginning in radio drama in 1936,...

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Colfax -- Thumbnail History

Colfax, located on the Palouse River in Southeastern Washington, is the seat of Whitman County. Whitman is a primarily agricultural county, and the predominant crop grown is wheat, farmed without irr...

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College Place -- Thumbnail History

College Place is aptly named, since the story of the city is dominated by the story of the college it hosts. Until the founding of Walla Walla College in 1892, the land that is now known as College P...

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Collins Building (North Coast Casket Company), Everett

For decades the North Coast Casket Company Building -- commonly called the Collins Building -- stood as a reminder of Everett's milltown past. The 60,000 square-foot post-and-beam structure was built ...

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Collins, Dorothy Priscilla (Patsy) Bullitt (1920-2003)

Dorothy Priscilla "Patsy" Bullitt Collins, a member of one of Seattle's oldest and wealthiest families, devoted much of her life to working for the public good, donating first her time and energy and ...

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Collins, Patsy: A Remembrance by her brother Stimson Bullitt

Stimson Bullitt (1919-2009) gave this remembrance of his sister Priscilla "Patsy" (Bullitt) Collins (1920-2003) at her Memorial Service at Seattle's Town Hall on July 8, 2003.

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Colman Building (Seattle)

The Colman Building in downtown Seattle was built by James M. Colman (1832-1906) in 1889. Sometimes called the Colman Block, it spans the 800 block on the west side of 1st Avenue between Marion and Co...

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Colman Clock (Seattle)

The Colman Clock of the Seattle Ferry Terminal at Colman Dock has truly taken a licking, but keeps on ticking. Over the past hundred years, since 1908 when it arrived, the clock has been dunked into P...

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Colman, James Murray (1832-1906)

Scottish-born James Murray Colman arrived in Seattle in 1872 at the age of 40 to lease and operate Yesler's sawmill. Colman was a prime mover in organizing the Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad after...

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Colman, Kenneth Burwell (1896-1982)

Kenneth Burwell Colman was a third-generation member of an influential pioneer family in Seattle and an important contributor to the community. Colman worked quietly and steadily throughout his life t...

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Columbia Basin Reclamation Project, The Beginnings: A Reminiscence by W. Gale Matthews

In early 1952, W. Gale Matthews -- a resident of Grant County since 1890 and, at the time of this account, President of the Grant County Title Abstract Company -- provided his memories of the beginnin...

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Columbia Branch, The Seattle Public Library

The Columbia Branch, The Seattle Public Library, is located at 4721 Rainier Avenue S adjacent to Columbia Park at the north end of the Columbia City business district in southeast Seattle. The branch'...

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Columbia City (Seattle) Tour

This is a guided photographic tour of Columbia City, an historic Seattle neighborhood and designated landmark. Also available as a printable walking tour (PDF format). Written by Cassandra Tate. Produ...

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Columbia County -- Thumbnail History

Columbia County, in southeastern Washington, has a population of 4,064 (in 2000), making it one of the more sparsely populated of Washington's 39 counties. At 868.8 square miles, it is the ninth-small...

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Columbia County Courthouse (1887), Dayton

The Columbia County Courthouse, located on 341 E Main Street in Dayton, is the oldest working courthouse in all of Washington's 39 counties. When the courthouse was completed in 1887, Washington was s...

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