Portal:Seattle

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Seattle

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Seattle /sˈætəl/ is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located in the U.S. state of Washington between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 96 miles (155 km) south of the United States–Canadian border in King County, of which it is the county seat. Seattle was first settled by Europeans on November 13, 1851, by Arthur A. Denny and his crew, which would subsequently become known as the Denny party. Early settlements in the area were called New York, Alki and Duwamps; in 1853 at the suggestion of Doc Maynard the main settlement was named Seattle, after Sealth, chief of two local tribes. As of 2010, the city had an estimated population of 608,660 and an estimated metropolitan area population of approximately 3.3 million. Seattle is the hub for the Greater Puget Sound region. Its official nickname is the Emerald City, the result of a contest by a civic-minded association in the early 1980s to designate a pleasant nickname for the city; the name alludes to the lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area. It is also referred to informally as the Gateway to Alaska, Queen City, and Jet City, due to the local influence of Boeing. (Seattle-area band Queensrÿche also wrote a song called "Jet City Woman".) Seattle residents are known as Seattleites.

Seattle is often regarded as the birthplace of grunge music, and has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's. There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes. Seattle was the site of the 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization, and the attendant demonstrations by anti-globalization activists. Researchers at Central Connecticut State University ranked Seattle the most literate city in America in 2005 and 2006. Moreover, the United States Census Bureau indicated that Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major U.S. city. Based on per capita income, Seattle ranks 36th of 522 studied areas in the state of Washington. Read More...

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The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle. It is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and the symbol of Seattle. Located in Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators — 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. When it was completed it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.[1] It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.5 magnitude (which would protect the structure against an earthquake as powerful as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake) and has 25 lightning rods on the roof to prevent lightning damage. Read More...

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Ivar Haglund (21 March 1905 – 30 January 1985) was a Seattle folk singer and the "flounder" of Ivar's. In 1938, he opened Seattle's first aquarium along with a fish and chips counter on Pier 54. In 1946, he opened a full restaurant there, Ivar's Acres of Clams, which with the fish and chip counter survives to this day (although they have been thoroughly remodeled). He coined its motto, "Keep Clam." (For reasons that are declared by the restaurant to be "unknown," the letter 'a' in "clam" is inverted on all advertisements featuring the motto.) He expanded the fine dining and fish and chips restaurants into a regional chain. Read More...

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Y Space-Needle-at-Night.jpg You are invited to participate in WikiProject Seattle, a WikiProject dedicated to developing and improving articles about the Greater Seattle area.

Did you know?

... that there is a List of companies based in Seattle , so you can see what Seattle has brought to the map?!

... that during the Great Depression, the New Order of Cincinnatus, accused by its opponents of fascist tendencies, successfully placed three candidates on the Seattle City Council?


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... that during the Great Depression, violence in Seattle's Smith Cove between longshoremen, strikebreakers and police ultimately resulted in the loss of much of the city's maritime traffic to the Port of Los Angeles?


... that Bertha Knight Landes (October 19, 1868 - November 29, 1943), mayor of Seattle, was the first female mayor of a major American city?


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... that Henry A. Smith became the dominant landowner in what is now Interbay, Seattle, Washington by buying when so many others were selling during an 1855–56 Indian War?


... that the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (better known as the 520 bridge by locals), is the longest floating bridge in the world at 7,578 feet (2,310 meters), and carries over 40,000 more cars per day than it was designed for?


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... that the Kalakala, a Washington State Ferry from 1935 until 1967 that was notable for her unique streamlined superstructure, art deco styling, and luxurious amenities, was used as a factory seafood processing ship after her retirement?

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Children playing in the International Fountain, Seattle Center.

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  • Commons:Category:Seattle, Washington and its subcategories have several thousand pictures of Seattle.
Among these, Seattle and the Orient is an entire illustrated book about Seattle from 1900.

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  1. ^ "Space Needle Fun Facts". Space Needle Official Site. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
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