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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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Going to Battle

In the mid-1850s many Native Americans rose up against treaties largely dictated by Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens, and one of the bloodier engagements of the territory's 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.

Joining Seattle

In 1907 Seattle went on an annexation spree, gathering up such neighborhoods as Southeast Seattle, Ravenna, South Park, Columbia City, Ballard, and West Seattle. One notable holdout was Georgetown, which feared losing its saloons and brewery due to Seattle’s dry laws. But the municipality struggled with the costs of public services and eventually became part of the big city to the north on March 29, 1910.

Dock on the Sound

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 Around

Vashon Hardware Store owner George McCormick once bet his friends that he could walk the perimeter of Vashon Island in less than a day. That he did, on March 23, 1938. McCormick was also instrumental in the creation of the short-lived King County Ferry District
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Delayed Incorporation

On March 27, 1993, Woodinville officially became a city, more than a century after the community was homesteaded by the Woodin family in 1871. Various incorporation attempts were made in the 1980s, but voters weren't on board until King County established its urban-growth boundary in 1992.

Fan Appreciation

Besides the 1917 Stanley Cup win, this week marks two other events in Seattle sports history which are more recent. On March 26, 2005, the skaters of Rat City Rollergirls competed in their first roller-derby match, held at the Southgate Roller Rink in White Center.
And one year ago, on March 27, 2016, the University of Washington Huskies became the first team in state history to reach the NCAA women's basketball Final Four.

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 On March 23, 1926, Tacoma City Light’s Cushman Dam No. 1 on the Skokomish River delivered its first electricity.

Quote of the Week

 Champions keep playing until they get it right.

--Billie Jean King

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