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Check out 1950 Washington highway map

Check out 1950 Washington highway map

Most Washingtonians probably can’t even remember life before Interstate 5, I-90 and I-405 were built in our state. But a 1950 state highway map found on our Legacy Washington webpage shows the routes drivers traveled before the arrival of our interstate freeways. You can make some interesting observations by closely examining the map, which was published by the Washington State Highway Commission: The main north-south highway in Western Washington was U.S. 99, which connected Bellingham, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and…

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Batman star Adam West’s connection to Washington State Archives

Batman star Adam West’s connection to Washington State Archives

Like many “Batman” fans, we were saddened to hear of last week’s passing of Adam West. West, who played Batman on the 1960s TV series, died in Los Angeles on June 9 following a brief battle with leukemia. He was 88. What we didn’t know is that our State Archives has a connection to the actor who played the Caped Crusader in the popular yet short-lived series.   Holy Archives, Batman! West had deep roots in Washington! On September 19, 1928,…

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March “Archives treasures” contender #2: Foiled prison break

March “Archives treasures” contender #2: Foiled prison break

Yesterday, we provided you with information regarding the Women’s Club of Olympia. Our second treasure from the State Archives is an image of a cell block within the Walla Walla Penitentiary in the 1890s. In July of 1919, Henry Jones, who held up the Bank of Bickleton on December 22, 1916, made a daring attempt to escape from the Walla Walla Penitentiary but failed when he couldn’t scale the outer wall. Jones was arrested after a western style stick-up of…

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Happy birthday, Walla Walla

Happy birthday, Walla Walla

(Photo courtesy of Washington Digital Archives) It’s long been known as the home of the Washington State Penitentiary, and in recent years, as a favorite stop for wine lovers (remember PEMCO’s clever “Walla Walla wine wine woman woman” ad?). But Walla Walla has been around much longer than most realize. In fact, this town in southeastern Washington was named by Walla Walla County commissioners on November 17, 1859. This photo from our Digital Archives‘ State Library collection shows horses helping…

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