Northwest History

History
5:15 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Secrets of 9,000-year-old 'Kennewick Man' subject of new book

Doug Owsley (far left) will reveal key findings about "Kennewick Man" from a nine-year study. Photo by Chip Clark/Smithsonian Institution

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 5:12 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Kennewick Man is coming back into the news. A new book includes some of the key findings about the 9,000-year-old skeleton found on the banks of the Columbia River in 1996. And next month, the book’s author and the lead researcher on Kennewick Man plans to share the results of years of study.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
10:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’

New Yorker George Francis Train is often credited with naming Tacoma the “City of Destiny.”

Tacoma has been known as the “City of Destiny” for more than 140 years.

And while the city’s slogan is unique because it has lasted for so long (when was the last time you heard Seattle referred to as “Jet City?”), it also comes from a 19 Century “crazy person” who was a relentless promoter of Tacoma.

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Environment
3:01 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Why King County held a party for a property tax

In 1984, the county used revenue from the tax to purchase the first 2,000 acres of the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlands Park, a bit of which is shown above.
King County

Celebrating taxes is a pretty uncommon event, but the King County Council did just that yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of a property tax and the more than 100,000 acres of public lands it has paid to preserve.

The council also made its praise of the Conservation Futures Tax official with a resolution honoring those who created the program to spend the money.

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Weather
3:10 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Average July 4th: sunnier and warmer than you might think

This Fourth of July, like almost all Fourths in Seattle, will have sunny skies and warm temps.
Brianna Flickr

The weather for the 4th of July this year is looking pretty good, with scattered clouds in the forecast and highs in the low seventies.  

That’s actually pretty typical, says Carl Carniglia with the national weather service in Seattle.  He looked back at local statistics from the late 1800s to the present and found the historical data contradicts the cliché of rainy weather for Independence day.

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Life in the Northwest
11:40 am
Fri June 24, 2011

64th anniversary of flying saucers at Mt. Rainier

Kenneth Arnold with an artist's rendering of the UFOs he saw, which he said flew "like a saucer if you skipped it across the water."
wikipedia.org

America's fascination with flying saucers began in Washington state on June 24, 1947. Businessman and pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying his small plane from Chehalis to Yakima when he spotted what appeared to be a formation of nine strange aircraft traveling near Mt. Rainier. Arnold calculated they were flying at supersonic speeds of at least 1,200 miles an hour, something military aircraft of the day were incapable of doing. 

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Northwest History
8:34 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese

The Seattle Riot. Harpers Magazine, March 6, 1886. Image from the UW Digital Collection.
Courtesy of Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project

Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike has issued a formal apology to the Chinese community for the expulsion of their people,125 years ago.

Pike says the apology is meant to make it clear: authorities now see the racist actions by regional governments and their supporters more than a century ago were wrong.

In 1885 and 1886, thousands of Chinese immigrants were driven out of Puget Sound towns during an economic downturn. Civic leaders and town newspapers argued the new residents were taking jobs away from white people.

The apology and related events this week in Bellingham are part of a year-long Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project. Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Mount Vernon are also taking part. The project also has a Facebook page.

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Northwest History
7:28 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Astoria celebrates bicentennial with look back to 1811

Clatsop County Historical Society executive director McAndrew “Mac” Burns visits the site where Astoria was founded in 1811.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Quick, name the oldest city in the Northwest.

You get a gold star if you answered Astoria, Oregon. It is named for wealthy fur trader John Jacob Astor. The settlement at the mouth of the Columbia River celebrates its bicentennial this year. The official kickoff is this weekend [May 20-22].  KPLU's Tom Banse reports Astoria's founding has left legacies that span the whole Northwest.

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Northwest History
2:36 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Tolls begin on new Lk. Washington floating bridge in summer - 1940

Motorists line up for the opening of the first Lake Washington floating bridge in 1940. The Eastside Heritage Society is having a presentation on the history of the bridge, Thursday, May 19 at Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way SE.
Asahel Curtis U.W. Special Collections

With the start - or rather, resumption of tolling on the 520 bridge a few weeks away, history buffs are recalling the opening of the first Lake Washington Floating Bridge, 71 years ago.

Skeptics predicted it would sink, and that tolling would never pay for the cost of construction. Sound familiar?

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