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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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This Week Then


News Then, History Now

Into the Fray

In the 1850s many Native Americans rose up against treaties largely dictated by Washington Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens, and one of the bloodier engagements of  the 1855-1858 Indian Wars took place at the Cascades of the Columbia on March 26, 1856. The battle site is now home to Bonneville Dam.

Docked in the Bay

On March 25, 1921 -- less than three years after Pierce County voters created the Port of Tacoma -- the port's Pier 1 welcomed its first ship, which docked ready to take on cargo. Members of the International Longshoremen's Association worked around the clock to load 600,000 board feet of lumber in record-setting time. Within 24 hours after its arrival, the fully loaded
Edmore set sail for Yokohama, Japan.

Walking All Day

Vashon Island hardware-store owner George McCormick once bet his friends that he could walk the perimeter of Vashon Island in less than a day, and he did exactly that 80 years ago this week, on March 23, 1938. McCormick was also instrumental in the creation of the short-lived King County Ferry District No. 1.

Title Match Bound

On March 26, 1917, local sports devotees let out a big cheer when the Seattle Metropolitan hockey team won the Stanley Cup. And two years ago this week, on March 27, 2016, the Washington Huskies became the first team in state history to reach the NCAA women's basketball Final Four.

Sailing the Sound

Fifty years ago this week, on March 23, 1968, the ferry Yakima entered service between Seattle and Bremerton. The boat was the last of four Hyak-class ferries built for Washington State Ferries and followed the Hyak, Kaleetan, and Elwha.

Unstable Ground

Four years ago this week, on March 22, 2014, a catastrophic landslide near the community of Oso between Arlington
and Darrington in Snohomish County killed 43 people, making it the deadliest landslide disaster in United States history. More recently, in Central Washington, geologists have been monitoring Rattlesnake Ridge near Union Gap after a massive crack appeared on the slope last October. Nearby residents who were asked to leave their homes were soon allowed to return after geologists determined that the chance of a major slide was remote.

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Image of the Week

On March 26, 2000, the Kingdome was imploded, one day short of the 24th anniversary of its opening.

Quote of the Week

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
  The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
  When I have crossed the bar.


--Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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