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Diablo Dam incline railway climbing Sourdough Mountain, 1930. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 2306.
Children waving to ferry, 1950. Courtesy Museum of History and Industry.
Loggers in the Northwest woods. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.

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Cities Awake

One day after Snohomish incorporated, Mount Vernon followed suit on June 27, 1890. Sultan became a town on June 28, 1905, Deer Park incorporated on June 24, 1908, and Westport celebrates its 103rd  birthday on June 26.

Crossing the Snake

Washingtonians traveling to and from Idaho over the Snake River had a much easier task when the Lewiston-
Clarkston Bridge
opened to traffic on June 24, 1899. This span, the first in Washington to cross the Snake River, connected the town of Clarkston in Asotin County to Lewiston, Idaho. The towns were named, of course, for explorers Lewis and Clark, who entered the future state of Washington near this location almost a century earlier.

Fire Fights

On June 26, 1925, a cigarette discarded by a careless smoker caused a devastating fire that wiped out most of the mill town of Monohon, the namesake of one of its first settlers. And on June 27, 1934, explosions killed 10 and demolished the J. A. Denn Powder
 plant near Lacey, which was so obliterated that no cause could ever be determined.

Seattle Sites

In Seattle, June 23 marks the opening day of three major civic institutions: Volunteer Park's Seattle Art Museum in 1933; the Washington State Convention
& Trade Center
in 1988; and the Experience Music Project -- now MoPOP -- in 2000.

Pride Galore

During the last week of June 1974, local lesbians and gays celebrated Seattle's first Gay Pride Week. Members of sexual minorities have played leading roles in Seattle history virtually since the town's founding, but did not emerge from the closet in large numbers until after New York City's infamous Stonewall riots in 1969.  

Fatal Four

This week marks the anniversaries of four fatal accidents. On June 24, 1946, a bus carrying the Spokane Indians baseball team crashed on Snoqualmie
, killing nine. On June 23, 1959, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed near Burns, Oregon, killing five Boeing employees. On June 23, 1966, a light plane crash killed two people on Mount St. Helens, and on June 24, 1994, a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed at Fairchild Air Force base, killing four airmen.

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Image of the Week

On June 26, 1950, the hydroplane Slo-Mo-Shun IV shattered the world speed record on water.

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

We returned home pleased and profited by our trip, satisfied that the time is not very distant when Snohomish County will rank second to none in the Territory.

 --Dr. Henry Smith

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