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The 1941 Seattle 'insult' that still stings

A little bottle played a huge role in shaping Seattle’s artistic life. This is how a 19th century cure for constipation left its mark on Seattle’s culture and how Sir Thomas Beecham came to conduct the Seattle Symphony and uttered a sentence that has never been forgotten.

JFK's secret visit to the Seattle World's Fair

A rare photograph shows President Kennedy's 1961 detour under an unfinished Space Needle. The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, also called the Century 21 Exposition, was about the future, but it was rooted in the politics of the present. Organizers wanted nothing more than a visit by President John F. Kennedy. It didn’t happen. Or did it?

Tragedy and terror in 1919 Centralia

A century ago, violence of a brutal nature broke out in southwest Washington when two ideologies clashed: the anti-Bolshevik American Legion and the radical organizers of the Industrial Workers of the World, the IWW—better known as the Wobblies. The violence left its scars on the streets of Centralia in Lewis County in November 1919, and the legacy of that date is still debated.

The tiny oyster that made Washington

The Pacific Coast’s only indigenous oyster, the Olympia, was eaten into near-extinction. It could be making a comeback.

Tiny compared to other oysters, the Olympia was for decades raked out of Washington's beds by the ton. A local delicacy that once fueled gold diggers in California and loggers in Washington, the Olympia oyster became a major industry, yet was so tiny you could hold it between your fingertips. Invasive Japanese oysters took over its habitat, but the might Olympia might be making a comeback, thanks to interested shellfish farmers.

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