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Lost and Found -- A Japanese Flag's 65-year Journey Home

When Morey Skaret, resident of Fauntleroy (King County), now 95 years old, returned to Seattle after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, he brought with him a Japanese banzai flag he ...

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Lou Guzzo, managing editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, to Sally Raleigh, lifestyle editor, on the Equal Rights Amendment (1972)

Lou Guzzo (1919-2013), managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the 1970s, sent this memo to Sally Raleigh, editor of the lifestyle section, on March 27, 1972. Guzzo was concerned about th...

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Louie Louie -- the Saga of a Pacific Northwest Hit Song

Richard Berry's 1957 song "Louie Louie" became a huge regional hit in the Pacific Northwest when the Tacoma band the Wailers recorded it 1960. A couple of years later it was recorded in distinct rendi...

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Love Israel Family

The Love Israel Family, the largest and most prominent communal group in the Washington to emerge during the 1960s and 1970s counterculture, was located in Seattle between 1968 and 1984 and in rural ...

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Love, Linnie (1893-1918): Singer Who Gave Life for Camp Lewis Soldiers

Linnie Lucille Love was a child actress, dancer, and singer in early Washington popular vaudeville. She advanced her skills by studying grand opera at New York City music conservatories. Upon completi...

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Low, John Nathan (1820-1888) and Lydia Low (d. 1901)

In the summer of 1851, John Nathan Low, his wife Lydia Low, and their four children passed the Arthur Denny party just before Fort Laramie on the Oregon Trail. The Dennys caught up with the fast-paced...

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Lowell Remembered by Hazel Clark

This People’s History of Lowell was written by Hazel Frederici Clark (1906-2000) and originally published as Lowell Remembered in 1977 by the Lowell Civic Association. Once a platte...

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Lowry, Michael Edward "Mike" (1939-2017)

Michael "Mike" Lowry served 21 years in elective offices in Washington -- 1976 to 1978 in the King County Council, 1979 to 1989 representing the 7th District in Congress, and 1993 to 1997 as governor....

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Lueben, Alfred (1858-1932)

It was around 1889 that a recent German immigrant named Alfred Lueben arrived in Seattle along with his wife, Sabine, daughter Lillian, and first son Alfred. Over the next four decades he would establ...

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Luke, Wing (1925-1965)

Wing Luke was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1962, and became the first Chinese American from a large mainland city to hold such an office. Just three years later, in 1965, his promising polit...

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Luna Park - Coney Island of the West (1907-1913)

Luna Park, Seattle's "Coney Island of the West," enticed visitors with thrilling rides, garish amusements, and the "longest bar on the bay" for only six years, from 1907-1913. Once a decade, its ghost...

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Lundin, Alfred H. (1886-1963)

Alfred H. Lundin translated his early upbringing in the old mining town of Lead, South Dakota (next to notorious Deadwood), into a successful career as King County Prosecutor, and later as a private a...

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Lusty Lady: A Seattle Panoram

The Lusty Lady, a "panoram," or peepshow, was a remnant of Seattle's bawdy past, an overly lipsticked cousin in a gentrifying family. The pawn shops, tattoo parlors, and strip clubs that were once its...

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Luther Burbank Park

Luther Burbank Park, located on the northeastern tip of Mercer Island, was once home to the Luther Burbank School, a parental school for delinquent youths. The school closed in 1966, and the property ...

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Lynch, Marjorie Ward (1920-1977)

Marjorie Lynch served 10 years in the Washington State House of Representatives, from 1961 to 1971, representing the 14th Legislative District in Yakima County. Born in England, Lynch came to the Unit...

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Lynden -- Thumbnail History

Lynden is located in the northwestern part of Whatcom County, approximately 15 miles north of the county seat, Bellingham, and only five miles south of the Canadian border. The area was long inhabited...

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Lynden Tribune

The Lynden Tribune was first published in 1908, but its real beginning dates to 1914, when Sol Lewis (1888-1953) published his first edition of the paper he had just purchased. Lewis, a down-home writ...

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Lynnwood -- Thumbnail History

Lynnwood and its neighborhoods grew up because of transportation, first around the Interurban rail system, then Highway 99, and finally Interstate 5. Each new mode generated a new kind of development ...

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Mabel Monsey: Chronicles of a Farm Wife (Lake Stevens, 1891-1903)

Mabel Monsey, who as a young woman homesteaded a claim near Lake Stevens in Snohomish County with her husband and children, chronicled their pioneer experiences during their 13 years in the area in a ...

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Mabton -- Thumbnail History

Mabton is a small farming community located south of the Yakima River, midway between Yakima and the Tri-Cities. Founded in the late 1800s, it became a city in 1905 just as the community was rebuildi...

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MacDonald, Betty (1907-1958)

The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I, rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, and the book was made into a ser...

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MacDonald, Betty, and Mary Bard: A Slideshow Tour of their King County Homes

The sisters Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) and Mary Bard Jensen (1904-1970), both writers, grew up in Seattle. Betty MacDonald authored the international bestseller, The Egg and I, among others, and Mary...

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Madigan Army Hospital Bedside Network (Fort Lewis)

During renovations in 2011 at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Pierce County, 8,000 16-inch phonograph records (transcription discs) were discovered hidden behind a gymnasium...

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Madigan General Hospital (Fort Lewis)

In February 1944 a semi-permanent Army General Hospital opened at Fort Lewis in Pierce County. The hospital cared for wounded and injured from World War II battlefields. By 1945 it was expanded to als...

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