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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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Port Townsend Dossier

This week brings three anniversaries in the history of Port Townsend, starting with the arrival of the community's first non-Indian families on February 23, 1852. Seven years later, on March 1, 1859, Major Granville Haller -- commander of Fort Townsend -- dined with several visiting scientists and discussed the resources of the San Juan archipelago. And on March 1, 1893, the Port Townsend Post Office, Court and Customs House opened.

Grant and Pend Oreille

Washington's two youngest counties celebrate anniversaries this week. On February 24, 1909, Douglas County was split in half to create Grant County. And two years later, on March 1, 1911, Pend Oreille County was carved out of Stevens County in the state's northeast corner.

Tasty Sweets

On February 23, 1921, Liberty Orchards in Cashmere began marketing Aplets, a candy composed of apples from the orchards along with honey and walnuts. The confection was an immediate success and the company soon introduced Cotlets, a similar candy made from apricots and walnuts. Aplets & Cotlets have since become one of Washington's favorite and best-known treats.

Take Your Seats

On March 1, 1928, the curtain rose for the first time at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. More recently, the historic venue became home to the Seattle Theatre Group's Historic Theatres
, which opened to the public five years ago this week, on March 1, 2012.

Standing Up

On February 25, 1975, the Vatican appointed the Most Reverend Raymond G. Hunthausen as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Hunthausen's outspoken anti-war stance, and his defense of gay rights, would later vex many church officials, including Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who rose to become Pope Benedict XVI.

Falling Down

On February 25, 1987, Husky Stadium collapsed during construction. And on February 28, 2001, many structures throughout Puget Sound -- including the State
Capitol building
-- were severely damaged by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake.

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Seattle's Rainier Club was organized on February 23, 1888.

Quote of the Week

The one moral, the one remedy for every evil, social, political, financial, and industrial, the one immediate vital need of the entire Republic, is the Pacific Railroad.

--Rocky Mountain News, 1866

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