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Fourth of July fireworks at the Times Square Building,Seattle, ca 1921 (MOHAI 5356)

Fourth of July fireworks at the Times Square Building,Seattle, ca 1921...

The Times Square Building was the center for many of Seattle's community activities. This photo, taken during an Independence Day celebration in the early 1920s, shows fireworks shooting from the roof of the bu... More

Holsum Baking Co employees pose in front of factory, Seattle, circa 1914 (MOHAI 12982)

Holsum Baking Co employees pose in front of factory, Seattle, circa 19...

The Holsum Baking Company of Seattle incorporated in 1912, but went bankrupt just four years later amid allegations of fraud. The company was bought out by Seattle Baking Company, who ran a series of advertisem... More

Home of James D and Mary Emery Lowman on First Hill, Seattle, July 1894 (MOHAI 7541)

Home of James D and Mary Emery Lowman on First Hill, Seattle, July 189...

Situated on the southeast corner of 11th (later Boren) Avenue and Marion Street, the Lowman residence was typical of Seattle's First Hill, where the city's elite settled in the late 19th century. The address fi... More

Horse-drawn delivery wagon for Rainier Laundry, Seattle, ca 1906 (MOHAI 7573)

Horse-drawn delivery wagon for Rainier Laundry, Seattle, ca 1906 (MOHA...

The address of the Rainier Laundry--108 2nd Avenue South--is painted on the side of this wagon, along with the business name. Subjects (LCTGM): Carts & wagons--Washington (State)--Seattle; Horses--Washington (S... More

Jennie F Decker at Chlopeck Fish Company dock at the foot of Wall Street, 1908 (MOHAI 7055)

Jennie F Decker at Chlopeck Fish Company dock at the foot of Wall Stre...

The earliest northwestern halibut fishing boats were sailing schooners, such as the "Jennie F. Decker." The vessel was based in Ballard and belonged to Norwegian immigrant fisherman Ove Rommen. This 1908 photo ... More

Joseph Mayer & Brothers Co street clock for Frank Briggs Jeweler, 1402 1st Ave, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI 9030)

Joseph Mayer & Brothers Co street clock for Frank Briggs Jeweler, 1402...

This street clock was made by Joseph Mayer & Brothers Company, a watchmaking and wholesale jewelry business begun in Seattle in 1897. Founded by German immigrants Markus (1878-1950), Albert (1872-1929), Emil (1... More

July 4th parade at the waterfront, Seattle, July 4, 1891 (MOHAI 10970)

July 4th parade at the waterfront, Seattle, July 4, 1891 (MOHAI 10970)

Just over two years after Seattle's Great Fire, Seattle's July 4, 1891 parade vehicles gathered at the Northern Pacific Railroad's waterfront warehouses. Local businesses, including a bank and a boot store, spo... More

Kinshiu Maru at Great Northern Docks, Seattle, 1899 (MOHAI 1105)

Kinshiu Maru at Great Northern Docks, Seattle, 1899 (MOHAI 1105)

Caption on image (partially obscured)""Kinshiu Maru" - The first steam to load at Great Northern Docks, Seattle [...]. Handwritten on mount: Waterfront - "Kinshiu Maru," the first steamer to load at G.N. docks,... More

Latona Bridge, Seattle, ca 1895 (MOHAI 3464)

Latona Bridge, Seattle, ca 1895 (MOHAI 3464)

Caption on image: Bridge at Latona. Typed on verso of duplicate image: Latona Bridge 1890's. View southeast, to Broadway district. Subjects (LCTGM): Bridges--Washington (State)--Seattle; Lakes & ponds--Washing... More

Sailing vessels from Clark-Nickerson Lumber Company, February 1908 (MOHAI 6489)

Sailing vessels from Clark-Nickerson Lumber Company, February 1908 (MO...

Joseph Swartz was a shingle mill owner in Granite Falls, Washington, in the 1890s and early 1900s. By 1908, he had relocated his business to Everett. Swartz was also an amateur photographer. His images of famil... More

MOHAI Alaska glass - A stained glass picture of a person on a sleigh

MOHAI Alaska glass - A stained glass picture of a person on a sleigh

Stained glass mural on Alaskan theme: dog sled. Photo manipulated with GIMP: there is no angle from which to shoot a rectangular image the way this is displayed in the museum.

Exterior of Lowman & Hanford Co building at 107 Cherry Street, Seattle, 1920 (MOHAI 8768)

Exterior of Lowman & Hanford Co building at 107 Cherry Street, Seattle...

James D. Lowman (1856-1947) and Clarence Hanford (1857-1920) were business and civic leaders in early Seattle, each with ties to Seattle's pioneer settlers. In 1882, they joined forces to found Lowman & Hanford... More

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI 13192)

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI...

J. Stanley Long (1883-1959) was a contractor who built homes in Seattle neighborhoods for more than 50 years. Born in Ohio, Long studied law in Chicago, and moved to Seattle in 1906. In Seattle, rather than pra... More

PL Runkel grocery store, Seattle, ca 1899 (MOHAI 2733)

PL Runkel grocery store, Seattle, ca 1899 (MOHAI 2733)

Typed on verso: 709 - 7th Ave, Seattle. Grocery run by Phillip L. Runkel from 1889-1909. Stamped on verso: E.J. Bailey & Co., Portrait & View Photographers, Colman Blk. 311 1st Ave., Seattle, Wash. Subjects (L... More

Schwabacher Brothers Grocers, Seattle, 1905 (MOHAI 1197)

Schwabacher Brothers Grocers, Seattle, 1905 (MOHAI 1197)

Schwabacher Brothers & Company, a San Francisco firm, opened an branch in Seattle in the 1860s. Within a short time, the firm became Puget Sound's major wholesaler of canned goods, dry goods and other materials... More

Dead horses on White Pass Trail, 1898 (MOHAI 7248)

Dead horses on White Pass Trail, 1898 (MOHAI 7248)

In 1897 and 1898, many of the Klondike stampeders used pack horses and mules to carry supplies along the White Pass Trail. Smart pack train owners took good care of their animals, but the trail was rough and th... More

Exterior of Oregon-Washington Station, Seattle, 1916 (MOHAI 11078)

Exterior of Oregon-Washington Station, Seattle, 1916 (MOHAI 11078)

The Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company was formed from several smaller companies in 1896. The Union Pacific Railroad bought a majority stake in the company in 1898 and built its Beaux-Arts style ma... More

First and Main, Seattle, 1916 (MOHAI 1660)

First and Main, Seattle, 1916 (MOHAI 1660)

Signs in image: Hotel. [...an] Furnishings - Alaska Outfits - Oiled Cloth. Globe Hotel. Modern Barber College. A. Spenger. Washington Transfer - We Move It - Moving, Storage, Packing, Shipping. Handwritten on s... More

Great Northern Hotel, Seattle, ca 1898 (MOHAI 928)

Great Northern Hotel, Seattle, ca 1898 (MOHAI 928)

The Terry Denny Building, also known as the Great Northern Hotel, is on the west side of 1st Avenue South between South Washington Street and Yesler Way. Signs in image: Pride of Seattle Hand Laundry (on wagon)... More

Great Seattle Fire Reunion program, Seattle, June 6, 1917 (MOHAI 12514)

Great Seattle Fire Reunion program, Seattle, June 6, 1917 (MOHAI 12514...

On June 6, 1889, Seattle's Great Fire destroyed most of the city's business district. In 1917, a group of businessmen and officials held an anniversary party they called "The First Annual Family Get-Together Pa... More

Harry Treat's horse-drawn carriage on trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, taken at Mount Vernon, Washington, April 1913 (MOHAI 8298)

Harry Treat's horse-drawn carriage on trip to Vancouver, British Colum...

Harry Whitney Treat, prominent Seattle businessman and horse lover, drove his carriage pulled by four horses from Loyal Farm to a horse show in Vancouver, British Columbia. He set a record time of four days, fi... More

Hotel Seneca, 1203 1st Ave, Seattle, circa 1903 (MOHAI 9004)

Hotel Seneca, 1203 1st Ave, Seattle, circa 1903 (MOHAI 9004)

This view of the northwest corner of First Avenue and Seneca Street features the Hotel Seneca located at 1203 1/2 First Avenue. None of these buildings remain standing. Business in image: W. S. Morley, Jeweler... More

Lake Washington Ship Canal under construction, Seattle, ca 1915 (MOHAI 3052)

Lake Washington Ship Canal under construction, Seattle, ca 1915 (MOHAI...

The Lake Washington Ship Canal followed the routes of earlier canals and streams which connected Lake Washington, Lake Union, and Salmon Bay. This photo shows part of the canal in about 1915, about four years a... More

The Bon Marche, ca 1916 (MOHAI 5444)

The Bon Marche, ca 1916 (MOHAI 5444)

In 1890, German immigrant Edward Nordhoff and his wife Josephine invested their life savings of $1,200 to start The Bon Marche at First Avenue and Cedar Street. He modeled his new department store after one he ... More

Tannhaeuser Beer tray - A painting of a group of men sitting around a table

Tannhaeuser Beer tray - A painting of a group of men sitting around a ...

Tray advertising Tannhaeuser, circa 1910, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle, Washington.

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition fairgrounds, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 12996)

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition fairgrounds, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 1299...

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) was a world's fair held in Seattle to publicize the development of the Pacific Northwest. The fairgrounds were located on the campus of the University of Washington. S... More

Crowds around world's flight planes, Seattle, September 28, 1924 (MOHAI 2324)

Crowds around world's flight planes, Seattle, September 28, 1924 (MOHA...

In 1924, United States army pilots became the first to fly around the world. This wasn't easy: at that time, planes were fragile and carried only a small amount of fuel. The men flew west from Seattle in four D... More

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI 13165)

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI...

J. Stanley Long (1883-1959) was a contractor who built homes in Seattle neighborhoods for more than 50 years. Born in Ohio, Long studied law in Chicago, and moved to Seattle in 1906. In Seattle, rather than pra... More

Roald Amundsen's schooner "Maud," circa 1924 (MOHAI 6727)

Roald Amundsen's schooner "Maud," circa 1924 (MOHAI 6727)

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first to reach the South Pole, but the Arctic was his first love. He designed his own ship, named it for Queen Maud of Norway, and christened it with a block of ice. Th... More

Salvation Army Industrial Department on Holgate Street, Seattle, May 22, 1923 (MOHAI 8791)

Salvation Army Industrial Department on Holgate Street, Seattle, May 2...

This photograph of the exterior of the Salvation Army Industrial Department building on Holgate Street in Seattle was taken on May 22, 1923. This area south of downtown Seattle was originally made up of tidal f... More

View southeast on Alki Avenue, with railroad tracks and flour mill, West Seattle, February 19, 1913 (MOHAI 8715)

View southeast on Alki Avenue, with railroad tracks and flour mill, We...

In the winter of 1913, the Seattle-based hydraulic contracting firm Lewis, Wiley & Morse began work on a regrade, fill and seawall project along Alki Avenue in West Seattle. The construction continued through 1... More

Wilsonian Apartment Hotel restaurant Seattle, circa 1923 (MOHAI 15188)

Wilsonian Apartment Hotel restaurant Seattle, circa 1923 (MOHAI 15188)

The Wilsonian Apartment Hotel opened in Seattle's University District on November 26, 1923. Its developers promoted it as the most elegant apartment hotel outside of New York City. The Wilsonian had restaurant ... More

Henry Van Asselt (1817-1902) in circa 1890

Henry Van Asselt (1817-1902) in circa 1890

Henry Van Asselt (1817-1902) was a Dutch immigrant to the United States of America, one of the first to settle the area that is now Seattle, Washington. Nederlands: Henry van Asselt (1817-1902) was een Nederl... More

"Uncle Sam" posed with performers from the "Pageant of Democracy" in Woodland Park, Seattle, July 5, 1920 (MOHAI 5675)

"Uncle Sam" posed with performers from the "Pageant of Democracy" in W...

A "Pageant of Democracy," celebrating the history and promise of democracy across the globe, was performed in Woodland Park as part of Seattle's 1920 Fourth of July celebrations held on Monday, July 5. The even... More

Emily Carkeek, Seattle, 1911 (MOHAI 2362)

Emily Carkeek, Seattle, 1911 (MOHAI 2362)

Handwritten on mount: Mrs. Morgan Carkeek - Back from Paris 1911! [Schumfrey?]. Subjects (LCTGM): Women--Washington (State)--Seattle; Fur garments--Washington (State)--Seattle People: Carkeek, Emily

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle, ca 1907 (MOHAI 1436)

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Seattle, ca 1907 (MOHAI 1436)

Handwritten on sleeve: Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, 1905-10. Subjects (LCTGM): Stores & shops--Washington (State)--Seattle; Hides & skins--Washington (State)--Seattle

Building a ship at the National Shipbuilding Company, ca 1918 (MOHAI 5171)

Building a ship at the National Shipbuilding Company, ca 1918 (MOHAI 5...

Seattle had a boom in wood and steel shipbuilding during World War I, and employment was high. The city directory listed six shipbuilding companies in 1912, 24 in 1917, and 46 in 1918. This photo, taken around ... More

Court of Honor and Geyser Basin at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 8879)

Court of Honor and Geyser Basin at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition...

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) was a world's fair held in Seattle to publicize the development of the Pacific Northwest. The fairgrounds were located on the campus of the University of Washington. S... More

Hotel Butler Annex, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 8627)

Hotel Butler Annex, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 8627)

This photo, taken in 1909, is of the Hotel Butler Annex, located on the corner of Marion Street and 4th Avenue. Motor cars and horse drawn carriages are both visible along the street. Otto D. Goetze (b. 1871) ... More

Lone Pine Bar and Odd Fellows Hall on dirt road, probably Bainbridge Island, ca 1905 (MOHAI 4372)

Lone Pine Bar and Odd Fellows Hall on dirt road, probably Bainbridge I...

Handwritten on image: ©BS Bainbridge Studios was the name of Austin Seward's photography business on Bainbridge Island. Subjects (LCTGM): Dirt roads—Washington (State)—Bainbridge Island;"; Carts & wagons—Washi... More

Pontoons for world's flight plane, Seattle, 1924 (MOHAI 2804)

Pontoons for world's flight plane, Seattle, 1924 (MOHAI 2804)

In 1924, United States army pilots became the first to fly around the world. This wasn't easy: at that time, planes were fragile and carried only a small amount of fuel. The men flew north to Alaska in four Dou... More

View west on Boyer Avenue, Seattle, March 15, 1913 (MOHAI 13056)

View west on Boyer Avenue, Seattle, March 15, 1913 (MOHAI 13056)

From the earliest settling of what became Seattle's Montlake neighborhood, both Native Americans and whites recognized the importance of the area as a portage route for watercraft, since it was the narrowest po... More

West Seattle High School office, Seattle, ca 1921 (MOHAI 1256)

West Seattle High School office, Seattle, ca 1921 (MOHAI 1256)

Like many high schools in the 1920s, West Seattle High School taught what were called "Commercial Subjects." Students learned how to staff an office, manage supplies, type memos, and take care of routine admini... More

Women working at a binding machine in Everett, ca 1915 (MOHAI 6458)

Women working at a binding machine in Everett, ca 1915 (MOHAI 6458)

In the 1910s, the city of Everett, Washington had a variety of wood products industries. According to a city directory from the period, the Everett Pulp and Paper Company was one of the city's larger businesse... More

ZW White Lunch, Seattle, ca 1915 (MOHAI 2164)

ZW White Lunch, Seattle, ca 1915 (MOHAI 2164)

Signs in image: Z.W. White Lunch - Lunches Put Up - Never Closed. Handwritten on sleeve: White Lunch Ext. Subjects (LCTGM): Cafes--Washington (State)--Seattle

A group of men and a boy carrying groceries during the Seattle general strike, February 7, 1919 (MOHAI 5445)

A group of men and a boy carrying groceries during the Seattle general...

During the Seattle General Strike in 1919, union members refused to report to their jobs. Businesses and stores were closed, and streetcars didn't run. Union members met the city's basic and emergency needs, h... More

Ballard locks under construction, Seattle, 1914 (MOHAI 8712)

Ballard locks under construction, Seattle, 1914 (MOHAI 8712)

In this photo of the Salmon Bay waterway, the construction site of the Hiram Chittenden locks is visible. The locks had their official opening in 1917. The brothers Clarence R. and Otto Langstaff were prolific ... More

Beacon Hill regrading, Seattle, July 2, 1923 (MOHAI 8796)

Beacon Hill regrading, Seattle, July 2, 1923 (MOHAI 8796)

This photograph shows the north end of Beacon Hill facing north. Dearborn Street is visible coming from the left center edge of the frame, between Beacon Hill and what will later be the International District o... More

Miss Columbia and her father at Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 4139)

Miss Columbia and her father at Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seatt...

Pictured are Miss Columbia and her father, Chief Aputik. They were part of a group from Labrador who performed in Seattle at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition's "Eskimo Village" in 1909. Columbia's mother, Es... More

New Year's Day greeting card, January 1, 1886 (MOHAI 11602)

New Year's Day greeting card, January 1, 1886 (MOHAI 11602)

Prominent early Seattle citizens Henry Yesler, Bailey Gatzert, and Moses Maddocks were close friends, loved to play pranks on each other, and at one time or another each held the office of Mayor of Seattle. Hen... More

Volunteer Park music pavilion, Seattle, ca 1912 (MOHAI 3934)

Volunteer Park music pavilion, Seattle, ca 1912 (MOHAI 3934)

Seattle's Volunteer Park was named in honor of the men who served in the 1898 Spanish American War. The Olmsted Brothers' 1909 plan for the park included lawns, gardens, pavilions, and play areas which were des... More

Western Steel Mill, Irondale, Washington, 1910 (MOHAI 7327)

Western Steel Mill, Irondale, Washington, 1910 (MOHAI 7327)

The Western Steel Company opened in 1901, on the site of the old Puget Sound Iron Company at Irondale, just south of Port Townsend, Washington. By 1909, the plant was producing 700 tons of steel per week and sh... More

Colman family group at camp, Seattle, ca 1914 (MOHAI 4340)

Colman family group at camp, Seattle, ca 1914 (MOHAI 4340)

The Colman family was among the earliest settlers of the Fauntleroy neighborhood in West Seattle. In addition, the family owned various properties throughout the Puget Sound area. The family enjoyed taking exte... More

DE Dugdale and his Seattle baseball team, 1914 (MOHAI 6292)

DE Dugdale and his Seattle baseball team, 1914 (MOHAI 6292)

D.E. Dugdale owned the Seattle Giants from 1898 to 1920 and organized the Northwest League. His baseball field, Dugdale Park, was located at Rainier and McClelland. In this photo, Mr. Dugdale poses with his tea... More

Mallet articulated Compound Locomotive on display, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 4300)

Mallet articulated Compound Locomotive on display, Alaska-Yukon-Pacifi...

Embossed on mount: Harwood. Subjects (LCTGM): Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.""; Locomotives--Washington (State)—Seattle;"; Exhibitions--Washington (State)--Seattle

Regrading on Third Avenue near Spring Street, Seattle, 1906 (MOHAI 9529)

Regrading on Third Avenue near Spring Street, Seattle, 1906 (MOHAI 952...

Seattle's hills are steep, but they used to be steeper. During various regrading projects, the city tried to make the streets and avenues more level. Some areas were raised and some were lowered. Nearby buildin... More

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, ca 1910 (MOHAI 2203)

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, ca 1910 (MOHAI 2203)

The city of Seattle established a public library in 1890 after several earlier attempts by private citizens. The library was housed in various places and finally ended up in the Yesler Mansion, just uphill from... More

William Charles Meydenbauer, Seattle, ca 1892 (MOHAI 3236)

William Charles Meydenbauer, Seattle, ca 1892 (MOHAI 3236)

Typed on verso: Meydenbauer, William Charles. 1832-1906, died in Seattle, aged 74, for whom Meydenbauer Bay was named, in 1868 took up claim on Meydenbauer Bay, rowed across from Leschi and homesteaded on a Lk.... More

Workers using water hoses to regrade Denny Hill, Seattle, ca 1909 (MOHAI 2211)

Workers using water hoses to regrade Denny Hill, Seattle, ca 1909 (MOH...

Workers in the first Denny Hill regrading project sometimes used high pressure jets of water to wash away the hill. Over five million gallons of water were pumped from Elliott Bay and Lake Union every day. The ... More

West Shore Magazine on the Seattle anti-Chinese riot 02

West Shore Magazine on the Seattle anti-Chinese riot 02

Artist's conception of the 1886 anti-Chinese riot in Seattle. The three panels are entitled, respectively "Packing Up", "On the Wharf", and "The Collision".

D Kaufman receipt, November 1, 1880 (MOHAI 11880)

D Kaufman receipt, November 1, 1880 (MOHAI 11880)

The receipt pictured here was issued by David Kaufman, "Dealer in Boots and Shoes and Custom-Made Clothing." An immigrant from Germany who moved to Seattle from Victoria, British Columbia in 1869, Mr. Kaufman (... More

Eighth grade girls in Greek costume on steps of Madrona School, Seattle, 1923 (MOHAI 10996)

Eighth grade girls in Greek costume on steps of Madrona School, Seattl...

In this image the girls of the eighth grade at Madrona school pose on the steps outside the school, wearing costumes for their ancient-Greece-inspired performance at their graduation ceremony. The individuals... More

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI 13140)

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI...

J. Stanley Long (1883-1959) was a contractor who built homes in Seattle neighborhoods for more than 50 years. Born in Ohio, Long studied law in Chicago, and moved to Seattle in 1906. In Seattle, rather than pra... More

Mouth of slope at Issaquah mine, ca 1900 (MOHAI 7122)

Mouth of slope at Issaquah mine, ca 1900 (MOHAI 7122)

Issaquah, Washington, was one of several King County towns which grew up around the coal mines. The Issaquah Coal Company mine was located near present-day Wildwood Boulevard and Mine Hill Road. This photo, pro... More

Steam shovel and locomotive at Denny regrade site, Seattle, ca 1909 (MOHAI 445)

Steam shovel and locomotive at Denny regrade site, Seattle, ca 1909 (M...

Handwritten on sleeve: Train & Steam Shovel at 2nd & Virginia. Subjects (LCTGM): Excavation--Washington (State)--Seattle; Railroad locomotives--Washington (State)--Seattle; Steam shovels--Washington (State)--Seattle

Bigelow Building, Seattle, 1905 (MOHAI 1220)

Bigelow Building, Seattle, 1905 (MOHAI 1220)

Signs in image: Erected by the Bigelow Inv. Co. 1903. Chapman Bros. & Co. - School Furniture and Supplies. The Seattle Engraving Company - Engravers, Electrotypers. J.W. Fales & Co. - Stationery & Paper. Handwr... More

Fremont Bridge on opening day of Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle, July 4, 1917 (MOHAI 3033)

Fremont Bridge on opening day of Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle, ...

The Lake Washington Ship Canal opened for business on July 4, 1917. The Seattle Times reported that roads, cars, and streetcars heading for the canal were jammed with people wanting to join in the celebration. ... More

Henry Van Asselt, Seattle, ca 1890 (MOHAI 412)

Henry Van Asselt, Seattle, ca 1890 (MOHAI 412)

Henry Van Asselt was born in Holland in 1817. In 1851, he and several others settled in the Duwamish River valley, where Boeing now stands. Van Asselt's land claim is slightly older than that of the Denny Party... More

North fork of Skykomish River, ca 1898 (MOHAI 6463)

North fork of Skykomish River, ca 1898 (MOHAI 6463)

The North Fork of the Skykomish River starts high in the Cascade Mountains. Just west of the town of Index, Washington, it joins with the South Fork. West of Monroe, the Skykomish joins the Snoqualmie River, fo... More

Plan of city during Battle of Seattle, 1856 (MOHAI 1791)

Plan of city during Battle of Seattle, 1856 (MOHAI 1791)

During the early 1850s, hostility grew between the native peoples and the new settlers in the Puget Sound region. The "Decatur" and several other government ships were moved to the area to protect the settlers.... More

Portrait of Ellen S Leckenby, Seattle, circa 1895 (MOHAI 10860)

Portrait of Ellen S Leckenby, Seattle, circa 1895 (MOHAI 10860)

Ellen "Nelly" (Swinburn) Leckenby (1844-1932) was born in New York and came to Washington State around 1895, settling first near Olympia with her husband, Alfred Bingham Leckenby (1842-). The couple moved to jo... More

Steamboat picking up fuel on the Iditarod River, ca 1907 (MOHAI 7014)

Steamboat picking up fuel on the Iditarod River, ca 1907 (MOHAI 7014)

The Iditarod River is one of many rivers which flow into the Yukon. Gold was discovered on the Iditarod in 1908, and by 1911 the area had about 3,500 inhabitants. Large steamboats could travel on the Iditarod R... More

Suess Art Glass employees posing outside store, Seattle, circa 1908 (MOHAI 11220)

Suess Art Glass employees posing outside store, Seattle, circa 1908 (M...

The Suess Art Glass Company manufactured leaded, plate, and beveled glass and mirrors, as well as a variety of other products, including lenses for automobile headlamps. Headlamps weren't issued standard on car... More

"Ganges" under tow, 1906 (MOHAI 6362)

"Ganges" under tow, 1906 (MOHAI 6362)

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, sailing ships carried lumber from the northwest to ports all over the world. Moving in and out of ports in Puget Sound could be tricky for these large vessels. They often d... More

Butterworth & Sons funeral wagon, Seattle, circa 1905 (MOHAI 9465)

Butterworth & Sons funeral wagon, Seattle, circa 1905 (MOHAI 9465)

After moving to Seattle in 1892, furniture maker Edgar Ray Butterworth (1847-1921) went full time into the undertaking business, motivated by the $50 paid to take each dead body off the street. A pioneer of the... More

Climbers at Mount Rainier, ca 1915 (MOHAI 6555)

Climbers at Mount Rainier, ca 1915 (MOHAI 6555)

Seattle residents Clarence and Otto Langstaff were both amateur photographers. As Clarence spent some time as a guide at Mount Rainier in the earlier part of the 20th century, he is probably the one who took th... More

Colonial Building, 1st and Seneca St, Seattle, circa 1903 (MOHAI 8994)

Colonial Building, 1st and Seneca St, Seattle, circa 1903 (MOHAI 8994)

This image shows the Colonial Building, also called Colonial Block, located at the southwest corner of First Avenue & Seneca Street in downtown Seattle. Designed in 1902 by Max Umbrecht, the building was one of... More

Group of Sami reindeer herders, 1898 (MOHAI 7158)

Group of Sami reindeer herders, 1898 (MOHAI 7158)

Beginning in 1892, the United States Government brought reindeer from Asia and Europe into Alaska as a new food source for the native peoples. The idea was to replace hunting with herding, particularly after so... More

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI 13148)

House constructed by Long Building Company, Seattle, circa 1920 (MOHAI...

J. Stanley Long (1883-1959) was a contractor who built homes in Seattle neighborhoods for more than 50 years. Born in Ohio, Long studied law in Chicago, and moved to Seattle in 1906. In Seattle, rather than pra... More

Invitation to USS Nebraska keel laying ceremony on July 4, 1902 (MOHAI 11700)

Invitation to USS Nebraska keel laying ceremony on July 4, 1902 (MOHAI...

In 1901, the Moran Brothers shipyard of Seattle won the bid to build one of three battleships for the U. S. Navy, the USS Nebraska (BB-14). The shipyard underwent major renovations to accommodate the constructi... More

Letterhead from Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co, 1915 (MOHAI 12145)

Letterhead from Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co, 1915 (MOHAI 12145)

Founded in 1889, the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company was also called Puget Sound Bridge and Drydock, Associated Shipbuilders, and Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company. The company participated i... More

Logging camp cookhouse, ca 1904 (MOHAI 1440)

Logging camp cookhouse, ca 1904 (MOHAI 1440)

Loggers ate their meals in the lumber camp's cookhouse. They needed three big meals to give them enough energy for ten hours of work in the woods. At a typical meal they might eat boiled corned beef, baked bean... More

Seattle waterfront, ca 1895 (MOHAI 2050)

Seattle waterfront, ca 1895 (MOHAI 2050)

Original photo copied by Asahel Curtis. Caption on image (obscured): Curtis. Caption on border: Asahel Curtis, Commercial Photographer, 625 Colman Block, Seattle. Handwritten on mount: No. along waterfront in t... More

Storm at Alki Point, Seattle, 1918 (MOHAI 11059)

Storm at Alki Point, Seattle, 1918 (MOHAI 11059)

Alki Point, in today's West Seattle neighborhood, has seen many changes since the arrival of Seattle's first white settlers in 1851. After the settler's moved to what is now known as Pioneer Square, the area sa... More

University Bridge under construction, ca 1919 (MOHAI 5359)

University Bridge under construction, ca 1919 (MOHAI 5359)

The University Bridge over the Lake Washington Ship Canal opened to traffic in 1919. It was the first bridge in Seattle, perhaps in the country, to use open mesh steel decking. This lighter construction materia... More

Baseball game at Woodland Park, Seattle, ca 1910 (MOHAI 2023)

Baseball game at Woodland Park, Seattle, ca 1910 (MOHAI 2023)

Around 1910, Seattle's Woodland Park had three ballfields, tennis courts, a wading pool, a picnic grove, a "concert" grove, and a variety of playground equipment. This photo shows people sitting on benches arou... More

James E "Jimmy" Adams, Jr studio portrait, Portland, Oregon, circa 1920 (MOHAI 11184)

James E "Jimmy" Adams, Jr studio portrait, Portland, Oregon, circa 192...

Brothers James E. “Jimmy” Adams, Jr. (1909-1937) and Robert W. “Wayne” Adams (1912-1986) grew up in Seattle’s Central District. The Adams brothers started playing music as children, with Jimmy on trumpet and Wa... More

King Street Station, Seattle, ca 1910 (MOHAI 3293)

King Street Station, Seattle, ca 1910 (MOHAI 3293)

Seattle's King Street Station was built between 1904 and 1906 for the Great Northern Railroad. The St. Paul, Minnesota, architectural firm of Reed & Stem designed the station, patterning its tall clock tower af... More

Oregon-Washington Station, Seattle, ca 1911 (MOHAI 2988)

Oregon-Washington Station, Seattle, ca 1911 (MOHAI 2988)

Caption on image: Oregon & Washington Railroad Depot, Seattle, Wash. New North Pacific Coast Terminal Union Pacific-Souther Pacific System. Subjects (LCTGM): Railroad stations--Washington (State)--Seattle; Unio... More

Redwood tree at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 8648)

Redwood tree at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 (MO...

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) was a world's fair held in Seattle in 1909, publicizing the development of the Pacific Northwest. The fairgrounds became the campus of the University of Washington. Ot... More

Seattle Giants baseball team, 1915 (MOHAI 5153)

Seattle Giants baseball team, 1915 (MOHAI 5153)

The Seattle Giants played baseball in the Northwestern League. The 1915 season opened on April 20, with the Tacoma Tigers beating Seattle 3-1. In this 1915 photo, the Giants pose on the field in Dugdale Park. S... More

The "Blakely" and other coastal lumber schooners, ca 1904 (MOHAI 6350)

The "Blakely" and other coastal lumber schooners, ca 1904 (MOHAI 6350)

The "Blakely" was a four-masted schooner built at the Hall Brothers shipyard at Port Blakely, on Bainbridge Island. Starting in 1902, the vessel carried lumber for the Port Blakely Mill Company. The "Blakely" c... More

Abbott Hotel building, 3rd Ave and Pike St, Seattle, circa 1900 (MOHAI 8981)

Abbott Hotel building, 3rd Ave and Pike St, Seattle, circa 1900 (MOHAI...

This view of the southeast corner of Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle shows the Abbott Hotel building. The building, also known as the Fisher Building, was designed about 1890 by architect Elme... More

AH Waite and camera, ca 1895 (MOHAI 7120)

AH Waite and camera, ca 1895 (MOHAI 7120)

Alvin H. Waite lived in Tacoma in the 1890s and made his living tuning pianos. By 1901 he had moved his business to Seattle. Waite was also an amateur photographer who enjoyed hiking and other outdoor activitie... More

Alaska Building at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 (MOHAI 8877)

Alaska Building at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 ...

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) was a world's fair held in Seattle to publicize the development of the Pacific Northwest. The fairgrounds were located on the campus of the University of Washington. S... More

Alaska Building, ca 1907 (MOHAI 6075)

Alaska Building, ca 1907 (MOHAI 6075)

In 1903, work began on the 14-story Alaska Building. This office building was Seattle's first skyscraper to be built with steel framing. Steel framed buildings could be taller than those in Pioneer Square which... More

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition grounds, looking toward Lake Washington, 1909 (MOHAI 6481)

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition grounds, looking toward Lake Washingto...

Lawns and gardens surrounded the buildings at Seattle's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. The large, white buildings looked like they were made of stone, but they were actually built from wood and plaster. This ... More

Alice Schanno and friend walking at Alki Point, Seattle, circa 1910 (MOHAI 11064)

Alice Schanno and friend walking at Alki Point, Seattle, circa 1910 (M...

Emil Sabastian Schanno (1872-1936) and Alice May (Cameron) Schanno (1869-1952) lived most of their married lives near Alki Point in West Seattle, where they operated one of the area's first restaurants, at 2758... More

Anderson's 1896 Street and Guide Map of the City of Seattle (MOHAI 13261)

Anderson's 1896 Street and Guide Map of the City of Seattle (MOHAI 132...

Seattle entrepreneur and amateur photographer O. P. (Oliver Phelps) Anderson (1859-1941) was the son of Alexander Jay Anderson (1832-1903), president of the Washington Territorial University (now University of ... More

Armored cruiser "Seattle" at anchor in Elliott Bay, ca 1924 (MOHAI 6796)

Armored cruiser "Seattle" at anchor in Elliott Bay, ca 1924 (MOHAI 679...

Workers at the naval shipyard at Camden, New Jersey, laid the keel for the armored cruiser "Washington" in 1903. Renamed the "Seattle" in 1916, the vessel served as the flagship of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Flee... More

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