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Benton City -- Thumbnail History

Benton City is a small municipality of some 3,000 residents on the north bank of the Yakima River near the center of Benton County in the Columbia Basin region of southeastern Washington. A hunting an...

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Benton County -- Thumbnail History

Benton County is located in the southeastern portion of Washington state at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers. The land, part of the semi-arid Columbia Basin, lies in the rain s...

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Bentz, Eddie (1894-1979)

Tacoma's Eddie Bentz was never as famous as some of his partners in crime, such as Machine Gun Kelly or Baby Face Nelson, but then, Eddie never liked cheap publicity. J. Edgar Hoover, or more probably...

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Bercot, Henry (1902-1988)

Henry F. "Dode" Bercot, the "Monroe Bearcat," was a welterweight boxer, fighting matches in the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s and early 1930s. By trade a high rigger in the logging camps around Monro...

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Berentson, Duane (1928-2013)

Duane Berentson served for 18 years (1962-1980) as a Washington state legislator representing Burlington, Skagit County, and specializing in transportation issues. In 1981, he became the first non-eng...

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Berry, C. M. "Mike" (1919-2001)

C. M. "Mike" Berry was president of the Seattle First National Bank. His service to the community included volunteer work with Seafair and involvement with the Salvation Army, the Mother Joseph Founda...

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Berry, Don (1932-2001)

Primarily known for his historical novels of early Oregon country -- Trask, Moontrap, and To Build a Ship -- Don Berry lived and worked from 1974 until his death in 2001 as a writer, painter, musician...

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Berry, Overton (b. 1936)

Overton Berry, a kindly pianist who has lived in Seattle since 1945, has seen and done it all. From podunk lounge gigs to major jazz festivals, from one-nighters to years-long extended engagements, fr...

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Bertrand, James Curtis (1829-1933)

James Bertrand was one of northern Whatcom County's earliest settlers. He was there not only during many key moments in the county's early history, but also during key moments in the early history of ...

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Bess the Mule: A Coalmining Story of 1914

The following articles, reprinted from 1914 issues of The Seattle Star, relate (with some inaccuracies) the story of the underground deaths of two coal miners, Andrew Churnick and Mike Babchanik. (The...

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Beth Buckley: A family's history in Lowell (Everett)

This People's History was drawn from an interview recorded October 15, 2012, with Beth Buckley, whose family was important to the history of early Lowell, Everett's oldest neighborhood. Introductory m...

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Betty MacDonald's House in Seattle's Roosevelt District: Final Glances

Author Betty MacDonald (1907-1958) spent most of her life in and around Seattle, living over time in six locations, three of them for substantial periods of time. Because MacDonald wrote extensively a...

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Beyer, Richard Sternoff (1925-2012)

During a career spanning about 45 years, sculptor Richard S. Beyer created more than 90 works of public art installed in cities and towns, primarily in Oregon and Washington state. In 1968 he received...

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B&I Circus Store (Lakewood)

World War II army veterans M. Leo Bradshaw (1916-1993) and Earl Leonard Irwin (1909-1973) opened the B&I Sales Company, an army surplus store located in Lakewood in southern Pierce County, in 1945...

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Bichsel, William "Bix" (1928-2015)

Father William J. "Bix" Bichsel was a working-class Catholic priest who became a radical antinuclear activist and community builder in Tacoma, Pierce County. Bichsel grew up in Tacoma and received his...

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Bickford, Bruce (1947-2019)

From his home workshop/film studio in SeaTac, famously reclusive and idiosyncratic Pacific Northwest animation artist Bruce Bickford for three decades produced undeniably visionary art films. Although...

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Bicycle Tree at Snohomish (1890-1927) -- A Slideshow

This slideshow presents the vintage postcard collection of Peter Blecha on the enormous and curious "bike tree," located in Snohomish County within what is now Snohomish city limits. The slide show wa...

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Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath (Seattle)

Chevra Bikur Cholim, (Society for visiting the sick) incorporated in Seattle in 1891 with the purpose of caring for the sick and providing proper burial. It evolved into a religious congregation and i...

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was formally established in the summer of 1999. The new organization consolidated previous activities dating back to 1994, including family giving, the William ...

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Bill Newby and Seattle City Light's Skagit Hydroelectric Project, 1935-1996

Bill Newby (b. 1935) was born in the Seattle City Light community of Newhalem on the Skagit River. He worked for City Light starting in 1955 as a laborer, digging ditches. He retired in 1996 as Direct...

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Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and the Nisqually River Watershed

Located where the Nisqually River empties into southern Puget Sound on the Pierce-Thurston county border, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge protects the river's estuary, providing...

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Bird, Sue (b. 1980)

Sue Bird, a point guard for the Seattle Storm, is one of the most accomplished and decorated players in the history of women's basketball. She was a two-time New York state champion in high school and...

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Birdland: Seattle's Fabled 1950s R&B Hotspot

Seattle's long-time musicians and music fans alike hold fond memories of numerous long-gone 1950s nightclubs and dancehalls. But of all the fabled rooms, there is one that is probably missed more so t...

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Bishop, Thomas G. (1859-1923) and William Bishop Jr. (1861-1934)

The political careers of the Bishop brothers, Thomas G. and William Jr., spanned a critical transition period for Coast Salish people in Western Washington between 1900 and 1935 that shaped subsequent...

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