Seattle and Northwest History
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Seattle and Northwest History
- "Denny party lands at Alki Point on November 13, 1851 from HistoryLink.org.
- "By-and-By": The Early History Of Seattle.
- Hard Drive to the Klondike: Promoting Seattle During the Gold Rush: A Historic Resource Study for the Seattle Unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Fuller resource, of which the previous link is to Chapter One. Excellent rundown on Seattle's early history and the key role the Klondike Gold Rush played in Seattle's development.
- Denny Party from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Denny, Arthur Armstrong (1822-1899) from HistoryLink.org.
- Pioneer Days on Puget Sound by Arthur A. Denny.
- Doc Maynard and the Indians, 1852-1873 by Murray Morgan, from the Tacoma Public Library.
- Maynard, Dr. David Swinson (1808-1873) from HistoryLink.org.
- History of Seattle before 1900 from Wikipedia.
- Seattle History: Ten Who Shaped Seattle from the Seattle P-I. Articles on Arthur Denny, Chief Sealth, Henry Yesler, Doc Maynard, the Mercer brothers, Lizzie Ordway ("the unwed Mercer girl"), Charles Terry, Dexter Horton, Van Asselt, David Denny,
- "Chief Seattle's 1854 Oration" - ver . 1.
- Searching for Chief Sealth. The chronicling of one person's search for the real Chief Sealth (Seattle).
- Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection (Search Page). Search this huge collection by keywords, time period, and/or district, and then view the photographs in your browser.
- Who Killed Yesler? by Matt Brigs (from the Raven Chronicles). A plaint against the loss of local color and barbarizations such as the "Issaquah plateau" housing developments. "It has always been rare to meet a native. Now it is rare to meet someone who lived in Seattle when Ben Paris still stood on Westlake." Amen.
- Seattle Firsts.
- Century 21 -- The 1962 Seattle World's Fair, Part I from HistoryLink.org.
- Century 21: The 1962 World's Fair from the Seattle Times. Gallery of photos, including the Bubbleator (best pic I've seen on the Web), Monorail, Space Needle, and more.
- Seattle Center: History Photos. Another gallery of World's Fair photos.
- Seattle's Alweg Monorail: the fascinating story behind the world's most modern transportation system (circa 1962).
- Cable Car Lines in the Pacific Northwest by Joe Thompson. Covers historical cable car lines in Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, Spokane, and Butte. Also includes info on Seattle's counterbalances.
- Seattle African American Connections by Jose Greco. Black history of the Pacific Northwest.
- Pacific Northwest Fishing Golden Years. Great info on the sport fishing history of the Pacific Northwest, including lots of scans of vintage fishing publications, including catalogs, sportsman shows, salmon derbies, fishing guides, and more. Learn about Piper & Taft, Ben Paris, Eddie Bauer, The Liar's Handbook, and much, much more.
- Vanishing Seattle by Clark Humphrey. If you've got any pix or memorabilia from disappeared Seattle landmarks, or know who might have some, please let him know.
Other Northwest History
- Murray's People. A collection of essays, gathered from 30 years of articles, radio broadcasts, and books by Murray Morgan, covering many of the fascinating characters that compose Seattle and northwest history. Chosen and edited by Gary Fuller Reese of the Tacoma Public Library.
- Save the Kalakala.
- Paul Dorpat's Now & Then History series at the HistoryLink site.
- HistoryLink. The premier repository of online historical documents, articles, photos, etc., relating to the Pacific Northwest.
- Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian: Photographic Images from the Library of Congress. See the whole collection of Curtis' photographs on line, including being able to zoom in to view high resolution versions.
- Kitsap Peninsula: Culture and History. Sections on Native Inhabitants, Early Settlement, Mosquito Fleet, and Naval Influence.
- History of the Grays Harbor Area.
- Captain Robert Gray enters Grays Harbor on May 7, 1792 from HistoryLink.org.
- Then and Now: A Historical Overview of the Lady Washington.
- Hoquiam's History.
- History of the South Beach: A Brief History of Westport.
- Wild Man of the Wynoochee.
- Washington State History Museum.
- Port Gamble Cybertour from HistoryLink.org.
- The Cold War and Red Scare in Washington State.
- The Rhetoric of Inclusion: The I.W.W. and Asian Workers by Jennifer Jung Hee Choi. When hostility to immigrant Asian workers was at its zenith, the Wobblies, alone among all other "progressive" unions, stood strong for the organization and inclusion of Asian workers.
- Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project. Dedicated to collecting and presenting historical data about the Northwest's lesbian and gay community.
- Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society.
- A settler whose monument was a mountain by Oscar Roloff. Read about how Mt. Si got named.
- Skagit River Journal of History & Folklore by Noel V. Bourasaw, editor. "An evolving history dedicated to the principle of committing random acts of historical kindness." Lots of great stories, historical pics, and links on the history of the Skagit Valley region, generally encompassing Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan Counties.
- Skagit Valley History.
Scroll down on page to read histories of Alger, Anacortas, Bow-Edison, Burlington, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Sedro Wooley, and the Upper Skagit Valley.
- A Study of Typical Puget Sound Shortline Railroads. History of the Ballard Southern Railway and the Port Townsend Railway & Navigation Company.
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Television Pop History
- TV's magical early days from the Seattle Times Centennial series. Check it out for pictures of J.P. Patches, Stan Boreson, Wunda Wunda, and Captain Puget.
- A reunion for all who can sing 'Zero Dachus' from the Seattle Times.
- Patches, Julius Pierpont from HistoryLink.org. Excellent retrospective look.
- Check out the J.P. Patches -- Stuff about J.P., plus pictures of Ggoorrsstt the Friendly Frpl, Boris S. Wort, Sturdly the Bookworm, and Tikey Turkey. You can also order J.P. Patches wallpaper and screen savers (for Windows).
- J.P. Patches. Includes Patches Pal News, Pal Forum, Amazing History of J.P. Patches, and City Dump Store.
- J.P. Patches: The clown prince from the Seattle P-I.
- Here is a review of a retrospective video of Stan Boreson's show that appeared in the Stranger, a local rag. Note, however, that the review gets the password wrong.
- If you want to order the video, available in two volumes at $20 bucks a piece (and worth every cent), go to the Stan Boreson: The King of Scandinavian Humor web page.
- The Don McCune Library: Preserving Our Northwest Heritage (thanks to the great efforts of his widow, Linda McCune) -- you'll find a bio, pictures, and other info, plus recordings and videos you can purchase.
- McCune, Don (1918-1993) -- TV's Captain Puget from HistoryLink.org. Excellent retrospective look.
- The Official Brakeman Bill Website, put together by his granddaughter.
- Viewers watch Puget Sound's first wide-audience TV broadcast on November 25, 1948 from HistoryLink.org.
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Music Pop History
- Seattle Music Roots by Jose Greco. The different evolutions of the Seattle music scene, starting with jazz and blues, moving into rhythm and blues, and later soul.
- Louie Louie.net (formerly The Louie Report) -- A Louie Louie page.
- The Fabulous Wailers. The Wailers' official home page.
- Lan Roberts' Home Page. Along with Pat O'Day, one of the signature DJs at KJR-AM back in the station's glory days.
- Little Bill and the Bluenotes. "Little Bill" Engelhart and his classic NW band, the Bluenotes (or Blue Notes). Still going strong.
- Norm Gregory, long-time NW DJ at KJR and elsewhere.
- Jerden Records by SoundWorks International. Jerden Records was a classic N.W. recording house. You can order CDs here by the Kingsmen and the Sonics. Other groups/artists recorded by Jerden in the past include Don & the Goodtimes, Ian Whitcomb, PH Phactor Jug Band, and Jim Page.
- Seattle Bands by Michael Hintze. Exhaustive listing of Seattle/NW rock bands, along with their members, from 1955 through 1994.
- Who's Who of Seattle Music by Michael Hintze. A Who's Who of just about anybody who's ever played in a Northwest group.
- The Jimi Hendrix Music: Special. Read excerpts from Al Hendrix's biography of his son's life.
- Garage Band Groups. Not ostensibly a Northwest music site, but of the seven garage bands featured, only two are not from the Northwest. Pages are included on The Kingsmen, The Sonics, The Regents, the Raiders, and the Wailers.
- The Cause and Effects of Early Raiders on Northwest Musicians and Friends by Sam Carlson. An article on the early influence of Paul Revere and the Raiders on other Northwest musicians, before they made it big nationally, written by a member of The Regents.
- the ULTIMATE SONICS. If Louie-Louie is the quintessential "frat rock" song, the Sonics were the quintessential "frat rock" band.
- The Sonics.
- The Sonics.
- The Sonics: Psyco-Sonic (Big Beat) reviewed by Alan Wright.
- Pacific Northwest Bands
1954 - 1979. A collection of pages dedicated to NW rock bands of the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
- Bluebird Official Home Page. A site dedicated to the country-rock group, Bluebird, which, based in Mercer Island, played in the Seattle area from 1968 to 1973. Includes a history of the band, and recollections about and links to pages on other Northwest groups.
- The Llahngaelhyn Coffeehouse Online. A site dedicated to the Llahngaelhyn, a coffee house from the 60s that was located at the south end of the University Bridge (across the street from the Red Robin tavern). Many notable Northwest jazz and folk figures performed at the Llahngaelhyn in its day. One cool place.
- 440: Satisfaction -- Radio Broadcasting History (Washington). Check out for lists of radio stations and DJs.
- Almost blues from SeattleWeekly.com. A rundown on the past and present blues scene in Seattle.
- Crome Syrcus. Site dedicated to the '60s psychedelic group, Crome Syrcus. Lots of neat photos, other memories. Perhaps best known for writing the world's first psychedelic rock ballet, in collaboration with the Robert Jofrey Ballet of New York City.
- The Daily Flash. Excellent account of the history of the Daily Flash, the northwest's first psychedelic acid rock bank. Neat pics, too.
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