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From Digital Archives: photos of 1889 Seattle Fire

From Digital Archives: photos of 1889 Seattle Fire

When you ask the historical significance of June 6, most people think of the anniversary of D-Day. But June 6 also marks a horrific event in Seattle history. On that date in 1889, a fire destroyed much of Seattle, which was then a timber town and many years from becoming a world-famous city. Our Legacy Washington program’s exhibit on the year when Washington reached statehood, “Washington 1889: Blazes, Rails and Year of Statehood,” includes a section on the 1889 Great…

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Classic WA photos: View from Mt. Constitution

Classic WA photos: View from Mt. Constitution

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) The San Juan Islands’ most breathtaking (literally if you ride your bike or hike to get there) vantage point is atop Mount Constitution on Orcas Island. Once you reach its summit after entering Moran State Park, you’re treated (weather permitting, of course) to a stunning 360-degree view that includes Mount Baker and Mount Rainier, plus Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. On the summit stands a stone observation tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps…

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From Digital Archives: Classic photos of Washington trails

From Digital Archives: Classic photos of Washington trails

(Photos courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) Over the years, thousands of intrepid day-hikers, backpackers and horseback riders have headed outdoors to traverse Washington’s many miles of trails. The state’s vast system of trails can take you through lush forests, past towering waterfalls and rushing rivers, and over mountainous terrain that offers jaw-dropping views. Our Digital Archives has dozens of classic (and mostly black-and-white) photos highlighting trails in the Evergreen State. Three of them are in this blog post. The…

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From Digital Archives: Photos of CCC workers

From Digital Archives: Photos of CCC workers

CCC workers build a guard rail for a road at Moran State Park. (Photos courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives.) If you love old, classic photos, our Digital Archives has tons of them, covering many subjects. One example is the vast collection of photos featuring the incredible work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps throughout Washington in the 1930s. These photos are from the Digitial Archives’ collection of State Parks and Recreation Commission, Photographs of Park Development, 1933-1938. Many of…

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