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This Week Then: Looking Back on Notable Floods in Western Washington

Plus: Remembering Douglas Q. Barnett, founder of Black Arts/West

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. The Rains Came November is here, and in Western Washington that usually means wet weather. On November 16, 1897, massive flooding in Snohomish County began destroying access to the town of Monte Cristo, eventually putting an end to the community’s mining boom. And on November…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Saying Farewell to King County Civic Leader Jim Ellis

The 'father of Metro' leaves behind a vast legacy including the creation of the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle and the cleanup of the badly polluted Lake Washington

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Farewell, Jim Ellis King County lost perhaps its greatest visionary this week when civic leader Jim Ellis died at the age of 98. Although Ellis never held public office, he devoted most of his adult life to public service, dreaming of ways to strengthen and…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Seattle Fire Department Turns 130

The department was created just months after Seattle's Great Fire

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Fire Fights One hundred and thirty years ago this week, on October 17, 1889, the Seattle Fire Department was created, just a few months after the devastating fire that turned most of the city’s downtown into “a horrible black smudge.” Gardner Kellogg, a volunteer firefighter…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Celebrating the New Burke Museum

Plus: Dig into Washington Archaeology Month

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. The New Burke This week HistoryLink gives a rousing cheer to the Burke Museum — Washington’s premier repository of natural history and cultural heritage — and looks forward to visiting its new home, which opens on October 12. Located on the northwest corner of the…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Celebrating Italian Americans and Filipino Americans in Washington

Plus: The first military plane to land in Seattle

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Italian Americans in Washington October is Italian American Heritage Month, and this week HistoryLink looks at some of the contributions Italian Americans have made in Washington. One of the first Italians to visit the Northwest was explorer Alessandro Malaspina, who sailed here under the Spanish…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: How Washington State University Got Its Start

Plus: Famous presidents make stops in Washington state

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Planting a Seed On September 27, 1876, Thurston County pioneer William Owen Bush won a top prize for grain at the nation’s centennial exposition in Philadelphia, and he would later attend three other American expositions, winning prizes at each. Bush’s interest in agronomy took root at…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Four King County Cities Celebrate Birthdays

Plus: The start of the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Cities Start to Grow Four King County cities share a birthday this week on August 31. On that day in 1995 Shoreline incorporated. Homesteaded in the 1890s, the community grew slowly over the years until the completion of Interstate 5. The resulting growth led its…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: King County’s Worst Coal-mining Disaster

Plus: How UPS got started

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Fires Below One hundred and twenty-five years ago this week, on August 24, 1894, fire broke out in the Oregon Improvement Company’s coal mine at Franklin, a small coal town southeast of Black Diamond. The men working below rushed to the main shaft, desperate to…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Ross Dam in Whatcom County Turns 70

Plus: Looking back on the first long-distance endurance flight

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Power and Light Seventy years ago this week, on August 18, 1949, Seattle City Light completed work on Ross Dam, located on the Skagit River in Whatcom County. The dam and Ross Lake, which was created by rising waters behind the structure, were named in…

Alan Stein