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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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Second Best

On November 20, 1883, LaConner
eight days before the creation of Skagit County. After Mount Vernon was selected as the county seat, LaConner's citizens decided to disincorporate, but incorporated once again in 1890, this time for good.

Laid to Rest

On November 18, 1906, the Mosquito
steamer SS Dix -- en route from Seattle to Port Blakely -- collided with the steam schooner SS Jeanie two miles north of Alki Point, killing 39 passengers and crew. And on November 16, 1915, a coal mine explosion in Ravensdale killed 31 men.

Honored Guest

President John F. Kennedy arrived in Seattle on November 16, 1961, to toast the University of Washington's centennial and the 25th anniversary of Senator Warren Magnuson's congressional career, while also taking time to send a stern Cold War message to the Soviet Union.

Mission Complete

On November 18, 1969, during the Apollo 12 mission, Chuck Conrad and Alan Bean landed on the moon while Seattle native Dick Gordon orbited in the command module. Gordon, who grew up in Poulsbo and graduated from UW, died last week at the age of 88. 

Please Take Your Seat

In 1931 the Fox Theater opened in Spokane and became the grandest
in the city. In 2000 it was saved from the wrecking ball by the Spokane Symphony, and after an extensive remodel re-opened on November 17, 2007, as the Martin Woldson Theater
at the Fox

Runway Repeat

Twenty-five years ago, the Port of Seattle authorized planning for a new runway at Sea-Tac Airport following an endorsement from the Puget Sound Air Transportation Committee. Local communities like Burien were not happy, and although a search for alternative sites was undertaken, Sea-Tac remained the preferred location. The airport's third runway opened on November 20, 2008.

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Image of the Week

The town of Walla Walla was named on November 17, 1859.

Quote of the Week

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.

--Dr. Seuss 

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