A South Sound history through words and pictures
100 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 15, 1912
On the reading of a communication in council this morning from C.E. Fowler, of the International Contracting Co., constructing the 11th street bridge, regarding the closing tomorrow night of traffic on the old bridge during the placement of the drawbridge for the next 10 days, the question of who is to pay for the transportation of pedestrians by ferry was brought up. It was decided that Woods be authorized to consent that the bridge be closed and to prepare for the transfer of pedestrians from one side to the other of the channel. Commissioner Mills, in looking over the contract with the contracting company, would not be able to close the bridge to traffic unless first having obtained the consent of the council. There was no provision as to who should pay for any necessary method of transportation in case this should occur, and Mills held that if the construction company closed the bridge, it should pay for the transportation of those for whom it was necessary.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 15, 1962
Up, up, up you go – a mile and a half into the thin ether of the high Cascades, to a majestic new view of Mount Rainier and something akin to a skiers heaven. Crystal Mountain – the state’s bid for a top-flight skiing resort to compete with Sun Valley, Idaho; Aspen Colo.; and Squaw Valley, Calif. – opened for a sneak preview yesterday, including rides on the magnificent new chair lift. Grand opening is slated for Dec. 1 after eight long years of planning, dreaming, raising money and frustration. While the resort is not yet completed (and probably won’t be for 10 or more years), true-blue skiers will find some of the most thrilling and adventurous runs in the country.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY: NOV. 15, 1987
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are alike as Coke and Pepsi, as different as mothers’ milk and 12-year-old scotch. They are, at the same time, rivals and helpmates, competitors and allies. Each, in its own way and in its own style, has been extraordinarily successful in an industry noted more for its failures than for its success stories. Together, they’ve made Puget Sound the third-largest center for containerized shipping in the nation, exceeded only by New York and the combined adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. They’ve become engines of economic prosperity in their separate communities, albeit at a cost of millions in subsidies from the taxpayers.