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Coon Chicken Inn (Seattle)

The Coon Chicken Inn was a fried-chicken restaurant chain located on the Old Bothell Highway on the outskirts of the Seattle city limits, in what is today the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle. The Se...

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Coppock, John Lee (1899-1959) and his Deluxe Electric Guitars

As the Electric Guitar Era progressed from its infancy back in the 1930s and 1940s into the "Space Age" 1950s, many new ultra-modern models were being introduced into the marketplace. But of the numer...

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Corbin, Daniel Chase, (1832-1918)

Mining and railroad magnate, Daniel Chase Corbin ranks as a major shaper of the growth and prosperity of Spokane, the economic and geographic center of the Inland Northwest. He settled in Spokane in ...

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Cornish College of the Arts

Nellie C. Cornish (1876-1956) founded the Cornish School in Seattle in 1914 and served as its director for the next 25 years. From a one-room studio in the Booth Building on Capitol Hill, the school r...

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Cort, John (1861-1929)

Although never known for the cultivation of theatrical talent, during the early twentieth century Seattle had more than its share of businessmen make their mark on the entertainment industry. The star...

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Cotterill, George Fletcher (1865-1958)

George Fletcher Cotterill served Seattle and the state of Washington for more than 40 years as a civil servant and elected official. He advocated woman suffrage, parks, port districts, Prohibition, an...

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Country Music in the Pacific Northwest

Country music has a remarkably long history in the state of Washington -- but just as with the genres of jazz and rock 'n' roll, some of the earliest players actually brought their music to the Pacifi...

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Coupeville -- Thumbnail History

Coupeville is one of Washington's oldest towns and the seat of Island County. Situated on Whidbey Island, at Penn Cove on Saratoga Passage, the town was once the site of three permanent Lower Skagit t...

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Couples, Fred (b. 1959)

Fred Couples is a Seattle native who became one of the world's top professional golfers. He grew up playing on a city-run public course, Jefferson Park, and won state-high-school championships his jun...

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Covington -- Thumbnail History

Covington is a small municipality located in King County, about 20 miles southeast of Seattle. Originally a stop on a railroad line connecting Kanasket to Auburn, Covington began to grow in the early ...

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Covington Library, King County Library System

The Covington Library is located at 27100 164th Avenue SE in Covington. The library opened in 1993, and quickly became one of the busiest in the King County Library System (KCLS), outgrowing its 15,00...

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Covington, Lucy Friedlander (1910-1982)

Lucy Friedlander Covington (1910-1982) was born in Nespelem on the Colville Indian Reservation and was a lifelong advocate for Colville tribal rights and land, becoming well-known and nationally ...

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Covington, Wayne Reinhart (1920-1999)

Wayne Reinhart Covington was a noted Boeing engineer whose 45-year career included work on B-17 Flying Fortress, Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile, and on the Saturn V rocket that launched ...

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Cowboys and Indians: a Story of Childhood by Dorothea Nordstrand

Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) wrote this reminiscence about childhood play in Seattle in 1921. The Pfister family homesteaded near Tiger, in Pend Oreille County, before moving to Seattle i...

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Cowley, Michael M. (1841-1915), Spokane pioneer

The author of this People's History, Benjamin H. Kizer, was a Spokane lawyer acquainted with local pioneer Michael M. Cowley. Cowley worked as a sutler (an Army storekeeper) and prospector, settled at...

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Cowlitz County -- Thumbnail History

One of the original counties of Washington Territory, Cowlitz County occupies the lower portion of the Cowlitz River and part of Washington's shore of the Columbia River. One of the early conventions ...

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Creating Cal Anderson Park by Kay Rood

Cal Anderson Park, a beautifully renovated and expanded park on Seattle's Capitol Hill, re-opened on September 24, 2005. Originally one of Seattle's Olmsted-designed parks (named "Lincoln Park,"), it ...

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Crescent Manufacturing Company

The Crescent Manufacturing Company is a Seattle-based spice and seasoning firm which began in 1883 as a small supplier of vanilla extract. For nearly six decades the president was D. K. "Don" Weaver. ...

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Croake, Nena Jolidon (1865-1934)

Nena Jolidon Croake of Tacoma was one of the first two women elected to serve in the Washington State Legislature, serving between 1913 and 1915. She promoted minimum wage and mothers' pension legisla...

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Croatian Community in Anacortes: Early Years

Immigrants from Croatia were part of the population of the Skagit County port city of Anacortes from its first boom years, and played an important role in the rise of the city's fishing industry. This...

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Croce, John (1924-2015)

John Croce was the founder of Pacific Food Importers, a Seattle-area wholesale imported-food business, and its retail outlet, called Big John's PFI. The business, which began when Croce started sellin...

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Crocodile Cafe: Seattle's Icon of the Grunge Rock Era.

A beloved local live music venue, the Crocodile Cafe & Live Bait Lounge (located in Belltown in Seattle at 2200 2nd Avenue), was founded by Seattle attorney and local music fan Stephanie Dorgan, along...

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Crooks, Joan A. (b. 1965)

From her office in the LEED-certified Vance Building in downtown Seattle, Washington Environmental Council Executive Director Joan Crooks can look out over Puget Sound and the Olympics -- two elements...

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Crosby, Bing (1903-1977) and Mildred Bailey (1907-1951)

The music careers of a couple of the twentieth century's most significant singing stars -- Bing "The King of the Crooners" Crosby and Mildred "That Princess of Rhythm" Bailey -- are so intertwined tha...

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