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Mercer Girls

The first "Mercer Girls" were 11 young women brought from Lowell, Massachusetts to the Washington Territory on May 16, 1864, by Asa Shinn Mercer (1839-1917). The women were to work as teachers and ser...

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Mercer Island Library, King County Library System

Before 1945, residents of Mercer Island, on the east side of Lake Washington, relied on borrowing books from Seattle across the lake because there was no public library on the island. That year, with ...

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Meridian Street Bridge (Puyallup)

The Meridian Street Bridge over the Puyallup River in eastern Pierce County was built in 1925 to shorten the traveling distance between the Puyallup Valley and points north, particularly Tacoma to the...

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Merritt, Edward L. (1881-1950)

Architect Edward L. Merritt, together with Stanley Long, Henry Broderick (1880-1975), the brothers Gardner and Wells Gwinn, and several others, was of a generation of young entrepreneurs who came to S...

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Metaline Falls -- Thumbnail History

The town of Metaline Falls is located in Pend Oreille County in the far northeastern corner of Washington. Outcroppings of exposed minerals led early non-Indian arrivals to name the area the "Metaline...

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Metaline Falls and the Lehigh Portland Cement Plant, 1947-1969: A Reminiscence by Alfred Schaeffer

This reminiscence about Metaline Falls and the Lehigh Portland Cement Plant was written by Alfred Schaeffer (1914-2009), who served as plant manager from 1947 to 1969. This piece was originally printe...

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Methow Valley Irrigation District

The Methow Valley Irrigation District operates an irrigation system at Twisp in the Methow River valley in Okanogan County in North Central Washington. It was established in 1919 and was based on a pr...

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Metro: Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle

The Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, commonly known as Metro, was designed to provide regional solutions for the problems of King County's fast-growing metropolitan area. In 1958, after rejecting...

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Mexican American Women in Washington

Mexicans first moved to Washington Territory in the 1860s, one family raising sheep in the Yakima valley and another operating a mule pack train. In the twentieth century, particularly after the start...

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Meyers, Victor A. (1897-1991)

Victor Aloysius Meyers, a popular Depression-era Seattle bandleader, got into politics as a publicity stunt, but became one of the most enduring pols the state has ever known. After an unsuccessful bi...

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Microsoft Corporation

In 1975, two young men from Seattle founded a company that would be to the Computer Age what the Ford Motor Company was to the Automobile Age. Like Henry Ford, William H. Gates III (b. 1953) and Paul ...

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Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project

The Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project is the result of 20 years of studies and planning by the City of Bellingham and tribal, state, and private partners to bring fish back to the upper ...

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Midnight Swim: a Memory of Seattle's Green Lake by Dorothea Nordstrand

This memory of a 12-year-old's clandestine and solitary midnight swim across Green Lake around 1928 was written by Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011), who was then Dorothea Pfister. In 2009 Dorothea Nord...

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Milestones for Washington State History -- Part 1: Prehistory to 1850

This is a brief chronology of the milestones of Washington history. Part 1 begins at prehistorical times and goes to 1850. Search the HistoryLink.org database for detailed essays on these events.

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Milestones for Washington State History -- Part 2: 1851 to 1900

This is a brief chronology of the milestones of Washington history. Part 2 covers 1851 to 1900. Search the HistoryLink.org database for detailed essays on these events.

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Milestones for Washington State History -- Part 3: 1901 to 1950

This is a brief chronology of the milestones of Washington history. Part 3 covers 1901 to 1950. Search the HistoryLink.org database for detailed essays on these events.

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Milestones for Washington State History -- Part 4: 1951 to Present

This is a brief chronology of the milestones of Washington history. Part 4 covers 1951 to the present. Search the HistoryLink.org database for more detail on selected events.

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Military Skiing at Snoqualmie Pass During World War II

World War II halted most skiing in the Northwest, although a few areas remained open and local ski clubs continued their activities as best they could. The Northwest was a major center for the country...

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Miller, Dr. Earl V. (1923-2005)

Dr. Earl V. Miller was the first African American urologist in Washington and the first west of the Mississippi. He was also a civil rights activist, and was honored in 1989 by the Black Heritage Soci...

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Miller, Dr. Rosalie Reddick (1925-2005)

Dr. Rosalie Reddick Miller was the first African American woman dentist to practice in the State of Washington. She arrived in Seattle with her husband, Dr. Earl V. Miller, the first black urologist i...

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Miller Street Landfill, Montlake (Seattle)

The Miller Street Landfill, called the Miller Street Dump during its working life, served for more than 20 years as one of multiple dumps scattered around Seattle, often in low-lying areas. Three larg...

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Milwaukee Road's S-Curve Trestle (Tacoma)

Starting in the late 1880s and continuing for decades, the delta where the Puyallup River meets Commencement Bay was dredged and filled to serve the needs of shipping and industry. In 1908 the Milwauk...

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Milwaukee Ski Bowl

In the winter of 1937-1938, in cooperation with The Seattle Times, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway established the "Milwaukee Ski Bowl" at Snoqualmie Pass. The railroad cashed in on the ...

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Milwaukee Ski Bowl, 1938-1950: Revolution in Local Skiing

The opening of the Snoqualmie Ski Bowl on January 8, 1938, revolutionized skiing in the Pacific Northwest. Developed by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad (known as the Milwaukee R...

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