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Aerial Tram on Mount Rainier: Twenty Years of Debate

Beginning in the 1930s, Northwest skiers attempted to get a permanent ski lift built on Mount Rainier to make it the center of Washington skiing, efforts that were resisted by the National Park Servic...

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Alhadeff, Morris (1914-1994)

Morris "Morrie" Alhadeff, a Seattle native, was General Manager and Chairman of the Board of the Longacres racetrack in Renton. Strong supporters of civil rights, Alhadeff and his wife Joan Gottstein...

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Bauer, Wolf G. (1912-2016)

It was his night, April 9, 2010, and Wolf Bauer looked every bit the star of the show. The Mountaineers club was honoring him as a "Living Legend." At age 98, he was short but straight and steady, his...

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Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau

In the early twentieth century, loggers cleared the area around Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau. Settlers soon discovered the recreational possibilities for the lake. Resorts thrived on Beaver L...

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C. C. Filson Company

Clinton C. Filson (1850-1919) moved to Washington in 1890, opened a series of general stores, and within a few years was selling clothing and work gear to gold prospectors flocking to the mines of Mon...

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Camp Lewis: Greene Park -- A Soldier Amusement Park and Social Experiment

During World War I, Camp Lewis (in Pierce County, later renamed Fort Lewis) established an amusement center adjacent to the camp to divert soldiers from urban vice areas.The amusement center was named...

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Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Chief Seattle Council is one of seven Boy Scouts of America (BSA) councils in Washington. It serves the Puget Sound region, including Seattle, and the Olympic Peninsula. The Seattle council traces...

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Cle Elum Ski Club

Skiing in the Northwest got a boost in 1921 when the Summit Ski Club (later the Cle Elum Ski Club, Inc.) was formed. Under the leadership of John "Syke" Bresko (1895-1987), the Cle Elum Ski Club flour...

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Coal Miners' Picnic

Through the middle of the twentieth century, when hundreds of coal miners worked the coal mines of eastern King and Pierce counties, the annual Coal Miners' Picnic was a highlight of the summer for mi...

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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

The Columbia Basin Irrigation Project did more than turn half a million acres of arid Eastern Washington into lush farmland. It also created an enticing stopover for millions of migrating birds. Land ...

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The Columbia River Gorge is a symphony of water and rock, a 90-mile-long passageway sliced through the Cascade Mountains by a river on its way to the sea. The mountains divide the Pacific Northwest in...

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Cycling in Washington State

The first bicycle arrived in Washington Territory in 1879 on a steamer from San Francisco and within a decade, Washington, along with the rest of the nation, went bike-crazy. Innovative developments s...

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Elementary Level: Olmsted Parks of Seattle

By 1903, Seattle had five major public parks but city officials wanted more. They hired the Olmsted Brothers, a landscape architecture company from Massachusetts, to help create more parks. John C. Ol...

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Elmer Yates remembers the day the Big Leaguers came to Dugdale Park in 1931

Elmer S. Yates (b. 1917) was raised in the Rainier Valley and attended Franklin High School. He went to sea and became a ship's captain. In 1996, he wrote to the Rainier Valley Historical Society from...

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Elmer Yates remembers the Seattle Times Pitcher's Contest in the Rainier Valley

Elmer Yates (b. 1917) was raised in the Rainier Valley and attended Franklin High School. He went to sea and became a ship's captain. In 1996, he wrote to the Rainier Valley Historical Society from hi...

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Fort Lewis Teen Center and the Emergence of Northwest Rock

Fort Lewis authorities attempting to combat juvenile delinquency established a Youth Activity Center in 1951 on the large army base in Pierce County south of Tacoma. The center initially had limited a...

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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park contains the remains of one of the most unusual fossil forests in the world. It was set aside as a historic preserve in the 1930s, after highway construction crews w...

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Hornbein, Thomas (b. 1930)

Tom Hornbein is known for one of mountaineering's epic achievements: the 1963 climb of Mount Everest's West Ridge with Willi Unsoeld (1926-1979), in which the two men traversed the 29,028-foot summit ...

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Juanita Beach Park (Kirkland)

Juanita Beach Park, located along Juanita Bay in Kirkland, has been a popular summer destination for most of a century. Originally settled by Dorr and Eliza Forbes, the park blossomed as a resort in t...

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King County Landmarks: Issaquah Sportsmen's Clubhouse (1937), Issaquah

Address: 23600 SE Evans Street, Issaquah. Since its construction in 1937, the Issaquah Sportsmen's Clubhouse has housed the club. The Issaquah Sportsmen's Club was founded in 1920 as a recreation, soc...

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King County Landmarks: Lake Wilderness Lodge (1950), Maple Valley

Address: 22500 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley. Lake Wilderness Lodge, designed by the Seattle architectural firm Young & Richardson, opened in 1950. The building was developed by the Gaffney family...

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King County Parks

King County's parks and recreation division was created in 1938, and initially oversaw the development of 150 acres of small parks and playgrounds. Since then it has grown to encompass 26,000 acres of...

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Kingdome: A Slideshow History of its Site, Design, and Construction

This is a slideshow photo essay on the history of Seattle's Kingdome, its site, design, and construction. The Kingdome (formally, the King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium) opened in March 1976 and w...

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Lake Hills Roller Rink: Rockin' Roller Skating at the Crossroads

Roller-skating fun came to Bellevue's Crossroads area in 1962 at Howard and Ida Monta's Lake Hills Roller Rink. In 1963 they experimented with having teen dances at the rink, and thus began a rock 'n'...

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