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From the Archives: ferries from yesteryear

From the Archives: ferries from yesteryear

A “must-do” activity for Puget Sound visitors (and residents, too) is riding one of the ferries that cross its waters. Besides serving an important transportation purpose, the state’s ferry fleet offers riders a great way to enjoy the scenic views of the sound and the Cascades and Olympics. Ever wonder what the state’s ferry fleet looked like many years ago? The State Digital Archives has photo collections that provide an answer. The photo above shows the ferry boat Olympic as…

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Classic WA maps: 1889 Puget Sound & Olympic Peninsula

Classic WA maps: 1889 Puget Sound & Olympic Peninsula

Anyone who looks at a current map of Puget Sound will spot large cities like Seattle and Tacoma and familiar geographic features like Point Defiance and Elliott Bay. But when you look at old maps of the sound, you realize that some names were different. This 1889 map of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula proves it. What is Elliott Bay today was known as Duwamish Bay in 1889. Alki Point had a different name back then, too — Battery…

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From Your Corner of Washington: Puget Sound sailing

From Your Corner of Washington: Puget Sound sailing

On many summer days, you’re bound to see sailboats plying the waters of Puget Sound. In fact, Washington is renowned for its many boat lovers. This photo shows several weekend mariners near Shilshoe Bay. We invite you to e-mail your photos and stories to us as part of an ongoing feature called “From Your Corner of Washington” – we want to gather images of landscapes, homes, views, and personal narratives from all over the state. Q) How do I submit…

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April Archives treasure #1: Cross-sound bridge plans

April Archives treasure #1: Cross-sound bridge plans

(Map courtesy of Washington State Archives) Whether you’re a commuter or tourist, taking a ferry across Puget Sound is one of those fun experiences unique to our state. It’s hard to beat the view of Downtown Seattle at sunset or dusk as you arrive on a ferry sailing from Bremerton or Bainbridge Island. Believe it not, there were once plans afoot to replace the ferries with a series of bridges that would cross Puget Sound.  Here is a 1965 analysis…

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From Your Corner of Washington: Model Ts invade Puget Sound

From Your Corner of Washington: Model Ts invade Puget Sound

It isn’t every day that you see dozens of vintage Model Ts cruising on a highway or street. But that’s what happened last weekend in the Puget Sound area as members of the Model T Ford Club International finished driving more than 50 of these classic cars coast to coast from New York City to Seattle. Go here to read more about the “2009 Ocean-to-Ocean in a Model T” event, which began June 14. After the cars and drivers stayed Thursday…

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