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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.

This Week Then

1/16/2020

News Then, History Now

Tribal Woe

On January 22, 1855, at Mukilteo, Chief Seattle joined other Puget Sound tribal leaders and Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens in signing the Point Elliott Treaty. After the federal government denied a Duwamish request for a reservation on the Duwamish River, some members of that tribe moved to the Muckleshoot Reservation, which was created on January 20, 1857. The Duwamish Tribe sought federal recognition for more than a century, and triumphed for an instant on January 19, 2001, before victory was snatched away two days later.

On the Go

On January 16, 1860, the Washington Territorial Legislature passed an act incorporating the city of Port Townsend, making it the fourth settlement in Washington to receive such a charter. This week also marks an anniversary for Yakima County, which the territorial legislature established on January 21, 1865.

Down Below

On January 22, 1906, the SS Valencia -- lost in the rain and fog  en route to Victoria, British Columbia -- missed the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and smashed into the coast of Vancouver Island. In the ensuing mayhem to abandon ship, 136 passengers and crew either drowned or were dashed against the rocks. As the ship foundered, women on board the craft were heard singing "Nearer My God to Thee," a song later associated with the sinking of the Titanic.

Power Chain

On January 16, 1942, the Office of Production Management, the Bonneville Power Administration, and representatives of Northwest utilities laid the groundwork for creation of the Northwest Power Pool, which interconnected 10 public and private electrical systems for maximum wartime production. After World War II, the members chose to continue the Power Pool, which now has 31 members.

Art Domain

On January 17, 1975, arts advocate and critic Maxine Cushing Gray published the first issue of Northwest Arts, a bi-weekly journal devoted to arts news and opinion. Gray, who produced each issue from her home in Seattle, published the journal up until her death in 1987.

Dorpat's Reign

On January 17, 1982, Paul Dorpat's first "Now & Then" column appeared in The Seattle Times Sunday magazine with brief text and photos comparing Pike Street in 1919 and 1982. Last month Paul wrote his final Now & Then column (the feature will be continued by Jean Sherrard), which fittingly used his first "Now" photo as his final "Then" photo.

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On January 16, 1927, the Skansie Shipbuilding Company launched the ferry Defiance for use between Point Defiance and Gig Harbor.

Quote of the Week

"My life is like a stroll upon the beach, as near to the ocean's edge as I can go."
--Henry David Thoreau

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