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History of Seattle, Washington, USA

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Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle, WA

Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant in the 48 contiguous United States (and the second revolving restaurant in the world). Located atop the Space Needle, at a height of 500 feet above sea level, the restaurant was opened in 1961.

Starbucks, the biggest coffee chain in the world was founded in Seattle.

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There is MUCH more to discover about Seattle, Washington, USA. Read on!
  • News 1851 - November 13 - The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington

    historyorb.com
    November 13, 1851

  • 1856 - January 26 – First Battle of Seattle: Marines from the USS Decatur (1839) drive off American Indian attackers after an all day battle with settlers.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 26, 1856

  • 1861 - May 20 - Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle

    historyorb.com

  • News January 6, 1880 - Seattle, WA, was in the midst of their worst snowstorm of record. Hundreds of barns were destroyed, and transportation was brought to a standstill, as the storm left the city buried under four feet of snow.

    WeatherForYou.com
    January 6, 1880

  • News 1886 - February 9 - Pres Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

    historyorb.com
    February 9, 1886

  • News 1889 - THE FIRST CABLE ROAD ACCIDENT AT SEATTLE. A WOMAN THROWN OFF AND KILLED.
    Seattle, W. A. May 12. - This afternoon at 5:30 o'clock a terrible accident occurred on the Front Street cable road on the corner of Pine and Second S...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - THE SEATTLE FIRE. NEARLY ALL OF THE BUSINESS PORTION IN ASHES. SEATTLE IN ASHES.
    Seattle, June 7. - The city is a scene of wreck and ruins. Yesterday afternoon the entire business portion of the city was burned to the ground, and, ...Read MORE...


  • 1893 - Great Northern Railroad completed to Seattle

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html

  • News 1894 - MANY BURNED IN A HOTEL. NEARLY A SCORE OF DEAD IN THE RUINS AT SEATTLE.
    Most of the Bodies So Charred as to be Unrecognizable-Thrilling Scenes as Guests, Awakened Shortly After Midnight, Leaped from the Windows -Pathetic G...Read MORE...


  • 1894 - March 5 - Seattle authorizes 1st municipal employment office in US

    historyorb.com

  • 1895 - Seattle
    Seattle, se-attel, a city, capital of King co, Washington, is on the E. shore of Puget Sound, about 22 miles N.N.E. of Tacoma, and 47 miles N.E. of Ol...Read MORE...


  • News 1897 - July 17 – The Klondike Gold Rush begins when the first successful prospectors arrive in Seattle.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 17, 1897

  • 1897-99 - Klondike Gold Rush; Seattle grows quickly as a jump-off point for people heading to the gold fields.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html

  • 1898 - May 21 - US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington authorized

    historyorb.com

  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Rainier Beer
    Seattle Brewing & Malting Co.
    Advertisement
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Lincoln High School, Seattle, Wash.
    Postcard
  • News 1901 - January 5 – Typhoid fever breaks out in a Seattle jail, the first of two typhoid outbreaks in the USA during the year.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 5, 1901

  • 1903 - Iron Chink fish cleaning machine invented by Seattleite Edmund A. Smith.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html

  • News 1904 - December 19 - Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905

    historyorb.com
    December 19, 1904

  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Birds-eye view and Harbor of Seattle, Wash.
    Postcard
  • 1906
    Seattle, se-at'tel, a city and subport of entry, capital of King Co., Wash., is on the E. shore of Puget Sound, 23 miles (direct) NNE. of Tacoma, on t...Read MORE...


  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Kinnear Park, 1906
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Denny / Washington Hotel, one of the fine buildings of Seattle, Washington

    "Between 1890 and 1906, Seattle's Denny/ Washington Hotel, advertised as "The Scenic Hotel of the West," straddled 3rd Avenue between Stewart and Virginia streets on the... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Washington State University, 1906
    Postcard
  • News 1907 - August 28 - United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington

    historyorb.com
    August 28, 1907

  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Moran Bros. Ship Yards, 1907
    Postcard
  • 1909 - Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Seattle to showcase the Northwest's setting and bounty of natural resources.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html

  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Alaska - Yukon - Pacific Exposition, Seattle 1909
    Hawaii and Oriental Foreign Exhibit Buildings from European Building
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Administration Building, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Wash.
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Totem Pole and Pioneer Square, Seattle, Wash.
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Section of City
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    The Perry and The Herald
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Fountain
    Madison Park
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Pike St., 1910
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Washington Park
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Second Avenue, Seattle, Washington
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    King County Court House
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Midway - Luna Park
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Rogers School and Playground
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Capitol Hill and Holy Names Academy, Seattle, Washington
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Pike Street, East from 1st Avenue
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Pike Street, East from Second Avenue
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Science Hall, University of Washington
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    New Washington Hotel
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Pike Street looking East
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Seattle To-day and Yesterday (postmarked 1915)
    To-day: The Grand Trunk Pacific and Colman Docks, the 42 story L.C. Smith Building in the Background

    Yesterday: The Water Front in 1887
    Postcard
  • News 1916 - July 15 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing incorporates Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 15, 1916

  • 1919 - Seattle general strike
    February 6 – The Seattle General Strike begins in the United States, affecting over 65,000 workers.

    February 11 - The Seattle General Strike ends w...Read MORE...


  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Intersection at Fourth Avenue, Westlake Avenue and Pike Street
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    The Joshua Green Building, Fourth and Pike
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    The Moore Hotel
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Mount Rainier Across Lake Washington
    Postcard
  • 1922 - March 9 - KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com

  • News 1924 - September 28 – U.S. Army pilots John Harding and Erik Nelson complete the first round-the-world flight. It takes them 175 days and 74 stops before they finally returned to Seattle.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 28, 1924

  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Olympic Mts., From Seattle
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Metropolitan Center, Seattle, Washington
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    View from Queen Anne Hill, Mt. Rainier in the Distance
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Skyline
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Smith Tower
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Seattle Art Museum at Volunteer Park
    Postcard
  • News 1937 - September 14 - The mercury soared to 92 degrees at Seattle, WA, a record for September.

    The Weather Channel
    September 14, 1937

  • 1938 - December 29 - Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins

    historyorb.com

  • July 2, 1940: Lake Washington Floating Bridge dedicated in Seattle, Washington

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com

  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Third Avenue and Pike, Seattle, Wash.
    Postcard
  • News 1941 - Traffic Crash Fatal to Pair
    Publisher of Seattle Suburban Weekly and Wife Die When Auto and Truck Collide

    Seattle, Nov, 13. – (AP) – Mr. and Mrs. J. L. MANIRE, publishers of t...Read MORE...


  • 1948 - Washington's first TV station (KING-TV) begins broadcasting in Seattle.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html

  • News 1955 - June 9 - 100°F - Hottest day in Seattle Washington

    historyorb.com
    June 9, 1955

  • 1961 - Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ washington.html

  • 1962 - April 21 - Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html
    April 21, 1962

  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    The Space Needle
    Postcard
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
    Visit Puget Sound
    Advertisement
  • 1981 - October 7 - Seattle, WA, received four inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the city.

    The Weather Channel



Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Seattle, Washington, USA


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Lincoln High School, Seattle, Wash.
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Rainier Beer
Seattle Brewing & Malting Co.
Advertisement

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Birds-eye view and Harbor of Seattle, Wash.
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Kinnear Park, 1906
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Denny / Washington Hotel, one of the fine buildings of Seattle, Washington

"Between 1890 and 1906, Seattle's Denny/ Washington Hotel, advertised as "The Scenic Hotel of the West," straddled 3rd Avenue between Stewart and Virginia streets on the... Read MORE...

Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Washington State University, 1906
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Moran Bros. Ship Yards, 1907
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Administration Building, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Wash.
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Alaska - Yukon - Pacific Exposition, Seattle 1909
Hawaii and Oriental Foreign Exhibit Buildings from European Building
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Second Avenue, Seattle, Washington
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Totem Pole and Pioneer Square, Seattle, Wash.
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
Section of City
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
The Perry and The Herald
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Fountain
Madison Park
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
Pike St., 1910
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
Washington Park
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
King County Court House
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Midway - Luna Park
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Rogers School and Playground
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Capitol Hill and Holy Names Academy, Seattle, Washington
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Pike Street, East from 1st Avenue
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Pike Street, East from Second Avenue
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Science Hall, University of Washington
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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New Washington Hotel
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Pike Street looking East
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Seattle To-day and Yesterday (postmarked 1915)
To-day: The Grand Trunk Pacific and Colman Docks, the 42 story L.C. Smith Building in the Background

Yesterday: The Water Front in 1887
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Intersection at Fourth Avenue, Westlake Avenue and Pike Street
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
The Joshua Green Building, Fourth and Pike
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
The Moore Hotel
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Mount Rainier Across Lake Washington
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
Olympic Mts., From Seattle
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
Pinterest
Metropolitan Center, Seattle, Washington
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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View from Queen Anne Hill, Mt. Rainier in the Distance
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Skyline
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Smith Tower
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Seattle Art Museum at Volunteer Park
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Third Avenue and Pike, Seattle, Wash.
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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The Space Needle
Postcard

Seattle, Washington, USA
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Visit Puget Sound
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History and News of Seattle, Washington, USA

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  • News  1851 - November 13 - The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington

    historyorb.com
    November 13, 1851
  • 1856 - January 26 – First Battle of Seattle: Marines from the USS Decatur (1839) drive off American Indian attackers after an all day battle with settlers.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 26, 1856
  • 1861 - May 20 - Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle

    historyorb.com
  • News  January 6, 1880 - Seattle, WA, was in the midst of their worst snowstorm of record. Hundreds of barns were destroyed, and transportation was brought to a standstill, as the storm left the city buried under four feet of snow.

    WeatherForYou.com
    January 6, 1880
  • News  1886 - February 9 - Pres Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence

    historyorb.com
    February 9, 1886
  • News  1889 - THE FIRST CABLE ROAD ACCIDENT AT SEATTLE. A WOMAN THROWN OFF AND KILLED.
    Seattle, W. A. May 12. - This afternoon at 5:30 o'clock a terrible accident occurred on the Front Street cable road on the corner of Pine and Second... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - THE SEATTLE FIRE. NEARLY ALL OF THE BUSINESS PORTION IN ASHES. SEATTLE IN ASHES.
    Seattle, June 7. - The city is a scene of wreck and ruins. Yesterday afternoon the entire business portion of the city was burned to the ground, and, ... Read MORE...

  • 1893 - Great Northern Railroad completed to Seattle

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html
  • 1894 - March 5 - Seattle authorizes 1st municipal employment office in US

    historyorb.com
  • News  1894 - MANY BURNED IN A HOTEL. NEARLY A SCORE OF DEAD IN THE RUINS AT SEATTLE.
    Most of the Bodies So Charred as to be Unrecognizable-Thrilling Scenes as Guests, Awakened Shortly After Midnight, Leaped from the Windows -Pathetic... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Seattle
    Seattle, se-attel, a city, capital of King co, Washington, is on the E. shore of Puget Sound, about 22 miles N.N.E. of Tacoma, and 47 miles N.E. of... Read MORE...

  • 1897-99 - Klondike Gold Rush; Seattle grows quickly as a jump-off point for people heading to the gold fields.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html
  • News  1897 - July 17 – The Klondike Gold Rush begins when the first successful prospectors arrive in Seattle.

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 17, 1897
  • 1898 - May 21 - US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington authorized

    historyorb.com
  • News  1901 - January 5 – Typhoid fever breaks out in a Seattle jail, the first of two typhoid outbreaks in the USA during the year.

    www.wikipedia.org
    January 5, 1901
  • 1903 - Iron Chink fish cleaning machine invented by Seattleite Edmund A. Smith.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html
  • News  1904 - December 19 - Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905

    historyorb.com
    December 19, 1904
  • 1906
    Seattle, se-at'tel, a city and subport of entry, capital of King Co., Wash., is on the E. shore of Puget Sound, 23 miles (direct) NNE. of Tacoma, on... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - August 28 - United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington

    historyorb.com
    August 28, 1907
  • 1909 - Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Seattle to showcase the Northwest's setting and bounty of natural resources.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html
  • News  1916 - July 15 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing incorporates Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

    www.wikipedia.org
    July 15, 1916
  • 1919 - Seattle general strike
    February 6 – The Seattle General Strike begins in the United States, affecting over 65,000 workers.

    February 11 - The Seattle General Strike ends... Read MORE...

  • 1922 - March 9 - KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions

    historyorb.com
  • News  1924 - September 28 – U.S. Army pilots John Harding and Erik Nelson complete the first round-the-world flight. It takes them 175 days and 74 stops before they finally returned to Seattle.

    www.wikipedia.org
    September 28, 1924
  • News  1937 - September 14 - The mercury soared to 92 degrees at Seattle, WA, a record for September.

    The Weather Channel
    September 14, 1937
  • 1938 - December 29 - Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins

    historyorb.com
  • July 2, 1940: Lake Washington Floating Bridge dedicated in Seattle, Washington

    The Old Farmer's Almanac www.almanac.com
  • News  1941 - Traffic Crash Fatal to Pair
    Publisher of Seattle Suburban Weekly and Wife Die When Auto and Truck Collide

    Seattle, Nov, 13. – (AP) – Mr. and Mrs. J. L. MANIRE, publishers of... Read MORE...

  • 1948 - Washington's first TV station (KING-TV) begins broadcasting in Seattle.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html
  • News  1955 - June 9 - 100°F - Hottest day in Seattle Washington

    historyorb.com
    June 9, 1955
  • 1961 - Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ washington.html
  • 1962 - April 21 - Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ washington.html
    April 21, 1962
  • 1981 - October 7 - Seattle, WA, received four inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the city.

    The Weather Channel

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