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King County Landmarks: Olson Farm (ca. 1874), Auburn

Address: 28728 Green River Road S, Auburn. Located on a fertile shelf of land adjacent to the Green River known as Olson Canyon, the Olson Farm was initially developed by Swedish immigrants Alfred and...

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King County Landmarks: Pacific Coast Coal Company Administration Building (1927), Maple Valley

Address: 18825 SE Maple Valley Highway, Maple Valley. The Pacific Coast Coal Company administration building is the only intact structure associated with the once-active coal industry in the Cedar Riv...

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King County Landmarks: Pacific Coast Coal Company House No. 75 (Baima House) (ca. 1880), Newcastle

Address: 7210 138th Avenue SE, Newcastle. Coal mining first began in this region in the 1860s in Newcastle, a company town named for the famous English coal city. Once part of a bustling town located ...

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King County Landmarks: Prescott-Harshman House (1904), Fall City

Address: 33429 Redmond-Fall City Road, Fall City. The Prescott-Harshman house was built in 1904 on a prominent corner lot facing the main road through Fall City. Its elegant porch, tall, narrow window...

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King County Landmarks: Quaale Log House (1903), Carnation

Address: 10101 W. Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, Carnation. The first Euro-American settlers in the Snoqualmie Valley typically built log houses for temporary shelter until they could build more elaborate...

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King County Landmarks: Red Brick Road/James Mattson Road (1865/1913), vicinity of Redmond

Address: 196th Avenue NE between Union Hill Road & Redmond-Fall City Road, vicinity of Redmond. The Mattson Road contains the longest stretch of exposed historic red brick highway in King County. In 1...

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King County Landmarks: Reinig Road Sycamore Corridor (1929), Snoqualmie

Address: Between 396th Drive SE and SE 79th Street, Snoqualmie. The Sycamore trees growing on both sides of Reinig Road are among the last vestiges of the former company town of Snoqualmie Falls, whic...

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King County Landmarks: Reynolds Farm and Indian Agency (ca. 1880), Auburn

Address: 16816 S 277th Street, Auburn. The Reynolds Farm and Indian Agency is named for Charles A. Reynolds, who worked for the Office of Indian Affairs as the “farmer-in-charge&aci...

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King County Landmarks: Schwartz-Bell House (1930), Vashon Island

Address: 20233 81st Avenue SW, Ellisport, Vashon Island. The B. I. Schwartz family settled in the Vashon community of Ellisport in 1930 in hopes that the fresh air would be better for their children's...

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King County Landmarks: Skykomish Historic Commercial District

Address: Vicinity of Railroad Avenue, Skykomish. The four block long Skykomish Historic Commercial District encompasses the heart of the historic railroading community of Skykomish. The 11 contributin...

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King County Landmarks: Skykomish Masonic Hall (1924), Skykomish

Address: 108 Old Cascade Highway, Skykomish. The Masonic Hall in Skykomish is a two and one-half story wood frame building, built facing the historic highway route through town. Construction of the ...

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King County Landmarks: Smith-Baldwin House (1912), Vashon Island

Address: 11408 Cedarhurst Road, Vashon Island. The Smith-Baldwin house, located on a low bank waterfront lot on the northwest end of Vashon Island, was designed in 1912 for Elizabeth N. Smith by noted...

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King County Landmarks: Snoqualmie Historic Commercial District (1889-1941), Snoqualmie

Address: Railroad Avenue, Snoqualmie. Platted in 1889 in anticipation of the arrival of the Seattle, Lakeshore & Eastern Railroad in the upper Snoqualmie Valley, the Town of Snoqualmie served as a com...

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King County Landmarks: Thomas and Etta McNair House (ca. 1890), Burton, Vashon Island

Address: 22915 107th Avenue SW, Burton, Vashon Island. In 1884, Thomas and Etta McNair began living on and improving their land claim near Burton on Vashon Island. Every Monday, Thomas McNair commuted...

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King County Landmarks: Town of Selleck (1908-1939), Kangley vicinity

Address: North of Kangley on Kangley Road which turns into 348th Street. In 1908, the Pacific States Lumber Company built the town of Selleck around a new lumber mill located northeast of Black Diamon...

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King County Landmarks: Vashon Hardware Store (1890), Vashon Center, Vashon Island

Address: 17601 99th Avenue SW, Vashon Center, Vashon Island. Located on a prominent corner at the main intersection in Vashon Center, the hardware store has served Vashon residents for many years. Con...

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King County Landmarks: Vashon Odd Fellows Hall/Blue Heron Art Center (1912), Vashon, Vashon Island

Address: 19500 99th Avenue SW, Vashon, Vashon Island. Francis Sherman constructed the Odd Fellows Hall in 1912 with labor and materials donated by members of the Lodge. The building, which faces Vasho...

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King County Landmarks: Vincent Schoolhouse (1905), Carnation

Address: 8010 W Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, Carnation. The small farming community of Vincent is located on the western side of the Snoqualmie Valley south of Carnation. In 1905, residents built a scho...

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King County Landmarks: William E. Boeing House (1914), Shoreline

Address: The Highlands, Shoreline. William Boeing is best known as founder of the Boeing Airplane Company, which he began as Pacific Aero Products in 1916. Before his pioneering work in aviation, Boei...

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King County Landmarks: Works Progress Administration (WPA) Fieldhouses (1938-40), Des Moines, Enumclaw, North Bend, Preston, White Center

Addresses: Des Moines -- S 219th Street and 11th Avenue S; Enumclaw -- Enumclaw Chinook Pass Road; North Bend -- 40 SE Orchard Drive; Preston -- 8625 310th Avenue SE; White Center -- 1321 102nd Street...

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King County Library System Mobile Outreach Service

King County Library System (KCLS) mobile outreach service began with a single bookmobile bringing books to rural patrons in 1944. The fledgling library system had only a few small libraries and many r...

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King County Library System, Part 1

The King County Library System (KCLS) operates libraries in communities throughout King County (outside Seattle), a variety of mobile outreach services, a library within the King County Youth Services...

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King County Library System, Part 2

As King County's population boomed at the start of the twenty-first century, the King County Library System (KCLS) made plans to expand. In 2004, voters approved a $172 million bond measure, allowing ...

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King County Office of Equity and Social Justice

King County's Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Initiative was made public by then-County Executive Ron Sims (b. 1948) in February 2008. Citing sobering examples of the effects of inequality, Sims direc...

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