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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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Crossroads Library, King County Library System

One of the King County Library System's smallest but busiest facilities, the Crossroads Library in East Bellevue is located right in the Crossroads Mall, just off the food court. This "storefront libr...

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Crowley, Walt (1947-2007)

Walter C. Crowley was the founding president and executive director of History Ink, the non-profit historical organization which produces HistoryLink.org, the nation's first online encyclopedia of loc...

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Crowley, Walter A. (1917-2008)

Walter A. Crowley, in recent years a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington, was an inventor and engineer who developed the first practical air-cushion vehicle in the summer of 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. ...

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Culp, Gordon C. (1926-2006)

Gordon C. Culp came out of Auburn, Washington, during the Great Depression, and never forgot his roots or his old friends. He went on to become a counsel to United States Senator Henry M. Jackson (191...

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Culver, Ida (1875-1936)

Ida Culver was a Seattle Public Schools elementary teacher, a founding member of the Seattle Education Auxiliary, first president of the Seattle Teachers Finance Association (or Seattle Teacher's Cred...

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Cumberland to Bayne: Beverly Read's Childhood Memories

Beverly Parkerson Read, who was born at her family home in Cumberland, a mining town in southeast King County, describes her fond childhood memories of walking up the railroad tracks to the neighborin...

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Cumming, William (1917-2010)

William Cumming, a leading artist in the Pacific Northwest School, called himself "The Willie Nelson of Northwest Painting." His brilliant career as a painter was interwined with politics and interrup...

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Cunningham, Merce (1919-2009)

Merce Cunningham was an American choreographer and was, before his death in July 2009, probably the most famous living choreographer in the world. His work in the field of contemporary dance spanned m...

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Curtis, Asahel (1874-1941)

The Seattle-based photographer Asahel Curtis made 60,000 photographic images over a 44-year career.They provide a remarkable visual record of the Pacific Northwest. He was the brother of the renowned ...

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