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Kerr, Alice U. (1858-1949)

Alice U. Kerr was elected mayor of Edmonds in December 1924, one of the first women mayors in Washington. She served a single two-year term (1925-1927) occupied with issues of a small, growing city, ...

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Kerry, Albert Sperry (1866-1939)

Albert Kerry was a Northwest lumberman who was known for his business acumen in the lumber industry and for his civic involvement, especially in Seattle. Two towns (one in Oregon and one in Washington...

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Ketcham, Hank (1920-2001)

Henry King "Hank" Ketcham grew up in Seattle and created cartoon character Dennis the Menace.

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Kettle Falls

Kettle Falls, on the upper Columbia River about 40 miles south of the Canadian border, was once one of the most important fishing and gathering places for Native Americans in the Northwest. Salish spe...

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KEXP (90.3-FM) – 'Planet Earth's Seattle-Based Listener-Powered Radio'

Seattle boasts a distinctive history in radio broadcasting. It was home to several pioneering stations at the dawn of this new technology about a century ago, and one of those early stations went on t...

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Key Rexall Drugs (Kent) / Key Compounding Pharmacy (Federal Way)

George Alexander Ballasiotes (b. 1931) opened Key Rexall Drugs in 1963 at 23422 Pacific Highway S in the Midway area of Kent in King County south of Seattle. In the 37 years before he retired, Ballasi...

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Keys, Donald Wells (1911-1995)

For a time the carvings of artist Donald Wells Keys loomed over the Seattle skyline and around the Pacific Northwest. A 22-foot-tall Hoonah Raven inspired by Northwest Coast Indian art stood in front ...

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Kilbourne, Edward Corliss (1856-1959)

E. C. Kilbourne, a Seattle dentist, was the key developer of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood and a leading promoter of electric power utilities in Seattle. In order to bring interested potential homeo...

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King County -- Thumbnail History

King County, located in Western Washington, covers some 2,100 square miles extending from the crest of the Cascade Range to Puget Sound, including Vashon Island. It is Washington's most populous count...

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King County Agricultural Production Districts

King County's five Agricultural Production Districts (APDs), first designated in the county's 1985 Comprehensive Plan, represent a continuation of efforts to preserve rapidly diminishing agricultural ...

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King County Commissioners

King County Commissioners were in charge of King County's affairs from 1853, when the federal Organic Act gave the Territorial legislature the power to create county governments, until 1969, when the ...

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King County Conservation Futures Program

Open space, or green space, has long been recognized as an essential part of a livable community, first as a place to escape urban noise and pollution, and later as a means to shape land use and to pr...

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King County Councilmembers, 1969-present

On November 5, 1968, voters approved King County's Home Rule Charter. It replaced the three-member County Commission (then John Spellman, Ed Munro, and John O'Brien) with a nine-member County Council ...

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King County Farmland Preservation Program

King County's Farmland Preservation Program protects farmland and open space in the rapidly developing county by using tax money to buy development rights on farms. It is one of the oldest such progra...

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King County, Founding of

The Oregon Territorial Legislature created King County out of Pierce County on December 22, 1852. Colonel Isaac N. Ebey (1819-1857), a delegate to the Oregon Legislature from Whidbey Island, introduce...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 01: Agriculture

This bibliography on the history of agriculture in King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County C...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 02: Arthur C. Ballard's Bibliography on the Puget Sound Salish

This bibliography of the work of anthropologist Arthur C. Ballard (1876-1962) on the Puget Sound Salish Indians includes a biography of Ballard. It was prepared as a community history resource by staf...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 03: King County Incorporations

This paper and bibliography on King County incorporations was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultur...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 04: Crime, Law Enforcement, and Justice

This bibliography on crime, law enforcement, and justice was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultura...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 05: Schools and Education

This bibliography on schools and education in King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultur...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 06: General History

This bibliography on the general history of King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultural...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 07: Geographic Areas

This bibliography on geographical areas of King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultural ...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 08a: Overview 1

This is Part 1 of a two-part overview of King County history. Part 1 begins in the prehistoric period and takes the overview to World War II. This was prepared as a community history resource by staff...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 08b: Overview 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part overview of King County history. Part 2 begins with World War II. This was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural R...

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