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Lake Washington Shipyards (Kirkland)

Located in Houghton (now part of Kirkland), the Lake Washington Shipyards began in the 1870s as a small boat landing owned by boat builder Frank Curtis, who launched his first steamship there in 1901....

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Lakeridge Park and Taylor Creek (Seattle)

Lakeridge Park occupies more than 35 acres of Taylor Creek and Deadhorse Canyon in southeast Seattle. The park is located south of the intersection of 68th Avenue S and Rainier Avenue S just inside Se...

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Lakeside School (Seattle)

Lakeside is an independent school located on a 33-acre New England-style campus in north Seattle. Long known for its reputation for educating children of the elite, this premier independent school of ...

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Lambert, Russ (1867-1944)

Russ Lambert was one of Sumas's (Whatcom County) most influential pioneers. An attorney, he incorporated the town in 1891, and helped form its town government. He later represented Sumas in both hou...

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Lamphere, Phyllis Hagmoe (1922-2018)

Phyllis Hagmoe Lamphere was a longtime prominent Seattle civic leader and, from 1967 to 1978, a member of the Seattle City Council. She was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Barnard Colleg...

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Landes, Bertha Knight (1868-1943)

Bertha Knight Landes, elected mayor of Seattle in 1926, became the first woman to lead a major American city. She ran on a platform of "municipal housekeeping," vowing to clean up city government. She...

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Landsburg Headworks

Utilizing the Cedar River as Seattle's watershed was the work of City Engineer R. H. Thomson (1856-1949). In 1899, the City called for bids to create headworks, later named Landsburg, upstream from th...

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Langley -- Thumbnail History

Langley -- often referred to as the “Village by the Sea” -- is a South Whidbey Island town situated on a bluff overlooking Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountains. Located in Island County, it ...

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Langlie, Arthur B. (1900-1966)

Arthur B. Langlie was the only mayor of Seattle to become governor of the state and the only Washington governor to regain that office after losing it. Langlie was born in Minnesota and moved with his...

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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (Seattle)

For more than 40 years, a community center named for Harlem Renaissance luminary Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and housed under the dome of a former synagogue has played a major role in the artistic, cu...

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Larrabee, Charles Xavier (1843-1914)

Charles Larrabee wasn't the founder of Fairhaven (which later became part of Bellingham), but in many ways he might as well have been. He was one of a handful of people who made the community's e...

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Larrabee, Frances Payne (1867-1941)

Frances Payne Larrabee was a prominent and influential Bellingham clubwoman. She was instrumental in the founding of the Bellingham Bay Home for Children, a safe haven for homeless children. She becam...

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Larrabee State Park (Whatcom County)

Larrabee State Park was established in 1915, and bears the distinction of being Washington's first state park. Located along and near Chuckanut Drive in Whatcom County south of Bellingham, the 2,683-a...

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Larson Air Force Base -- Grant County International Airport

In November 1942 the United States Army established a training airfield at Moses Lake in central Washington's Grant County. The base became inactive at the end of the war but the airfield, with its lo...

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Lassen, Leo H. (1899-1975)

Leo Lassen was a sportswriter and publicist who became a living legend as a baseball radio broadcaster in his hometown of Seattle. He covered the city's Pacific Coast League teams from 1931 to 1960. H...

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Last Call at the Dog House: A Reminiscence by Floyd Waterson

In this file Floyd Waterson describes the last night of the Dog House, a Seattle restaurant/bar located at 7th Avenue and Bell Street (at 2230 7th Avenue). Run by Laurie Gulbransen (1913-2000) for mos...

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Lasting Friendship: a Reminiscence of Margaret (Bavin) Medley by Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand

This reminiscence of an old friendship was written by Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011). Both she and her friend, Margaret (Bavin) Medley (1915-2006), were graduates of Seattle's Roosevelt Hig...

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Latham, Mary A. (1844-1917)

Mary A. Latham was Spokane's first woman physician -- a heroic and ultimately tragic figure in the city's history. She came to Spokane in 1887 and specialized in the diseases of women and children. Sh...

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Latino History of Washington State

Latinos, currently the largest minority in the United States at more than 13 percent of the population, have been instrumental to the development of Washington state since the 1774 Spanish exploration...

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Latona Bridge and University Bridge (Seattle)

The Latona Bridge, built in 1891 for Seattle pioneer and investor David T. Denny (1832-1903), carried the first streetcar line across Lake Union and was the first substantial bridge to cross the lake ...

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Lavizzo, Dr. Blanche Sellers (1925-1984)

Dr. Blanche Sellers Lavizzo was the first African American woman pediatrician in the state of Washington. She arrived in Seattle in July 1956 and began her pediatric practice on East Madison Street an...

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Lavroff, Ross N. (1936-2001)

Ross N. Lavroff served as the "voice" of the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz docking among other assignments as an interpreter. The Ukraine-born Russian served numerous U.S. government and international ag...

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Law and Lawyers in Seattle's History

When humans began creating laws for each other to follow, the legal profession was born. As the number of people increased and life became more complex, the number of both laws and lawyers multiplied....

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Lawrence, Jacob (1917-2000) and Gwendolyn Knight (1913-2005)

Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight, two of the country's preeminent visual artists, moved to Seattle in 1971 when he accepted a teaching position in University of Washington's art department. The two...

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