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Turning Point 2: Roads, Rails, and Regional Planning

This is the second essay in a special series of essays commissioned by The Seattle Times to examine crucial turning points in the history of Seattle and King County. This segment examines the interpla...

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Union Station (Tacoma)

Union Station is one of the most recognizable buildings in Tacoma, a former train station turned federal courthouse nestled in the heart of downtown. It was built by the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1...

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Walla Walla to Seattle Historic Corridor Wagon Roads

The Cascade Mountains posed a formidable obstacle to wagon travel in the 1840s and 1850s. When waves of emigrants began arriving in the Northwest, they followed the Columbia River Gorge, the easiest (...

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Washington Good Roads Association

The Northwest's system of roads and highways did not evolve easily. At the turn of the twentieth century, few roads were paved or even improved and county projects were not coordinated with one anothe...

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Washougal River Bridge

The Washougal River Bridge spans the Washougal River in Camas, in Clark County. It opened in 1908 as part of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SP&S). This railroad was a joint enterprise of the...

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West Cashmere Bridge (Chelan County)

The West Cashmere Bridge was built in 1929 across the Wenatchee River about a third of a mile west of the city limits of Cashmere in Chelan County. Cashmere lies entirely on the south side of the rive...

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Who Laid Those Rusty Rails? -- The Rail Line to Black Diamond

A short section of old railroad line, rusty but intact, hidden deep in the woods near Lake Sawyer in Black Diamond in Southeast King County, inspired this People's History contributed by Bill Kombol. ...

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