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By Kathy Ann Bugajsky, February 20, 2010
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Washington (King County), Ballard — Ballard Avenue Landmark District Historic Marker Project
The Ballard Avenue Landmark District holds a significant place in Seattle history. The uniquely-preserved state of Ballard Avenue provides visitors with a window into the heyday of Ballard’s industrial and commercial era. The City of Ballard . . . — Map (db m27976) HM
Washington (King County), Kent — The Saar Pioneer Cemetery
The Saar Pioneer Cemetery is named for former King County Councilman Peter Saar, who in 1873 buried his wife on a small hill on their homestead. Since that time the cemetery has been known by many names. Kent Cemetery • Kent Methodist Cemetery . . . — Map (db m52568) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — "This Market Is Yours"Public Market Center/Pike Place Market — U.S. Historical District
“This market is yours. I dedicate it to you, and may it prove a benefit to you and your children. It is for you to defend, to protect and to uphold; and it is for you to see that those who occupy it treat you fairly, that no extortion be . . . — Map (db m69997) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — "Ton of Gold"Historical Point of Interest
The famous “Ton of Gold” that started the Alaska Gold Rush was unloaded here in 1897. The SS Portland landed the valuable cargo at this pier then known as Scwabacher Dock. Ereceted National Maritime Day 1957 — Map (db m47998) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — “Great White Fleet”Historical Point of Interest
The U.S. Navy’s “Great White Fleet” arrived Seattle May 23 and departed May 27, 1908 to continue their famous 46,000 mile round the world cruise. Part of the fleet anchored in Elliot Bay near this site and the crews disembarked here at . . . — Map (db m48001) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — ‘Miike Maru’Historical Point of Interest
At this site on August 31, 1896, the Nippon Yusen Kaisha Steamer ‘Miike Maru’ arrived with her cargo of tea. This was the first regularly scheduled steamer service between the Orient and Seattle and marked the birth of Seattle as an international . . . — Map (db m47996) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — 1919.551.1 — 1890 Seattle Fire Department Bell
This bell is the remaining symbol of the leap made by city leaders to establish and equip a professional firefighting force after the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889. On that day, the young metropolis of Seattle was devastated by flames in spite . . . — Map (db m27187) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — 50th Anniversary of First Presbyterian Church of SeattleDecember 12, 1869 - December 12, 1919

First Pastor Dr. George F. Whitworth.

Charter Members Mary E. Whitworth • Clara Whitworth York Lida Whitworth • Ruth J. McCarty Rebecca Jones • Samuel Kenny Jessie Kenny

Erected on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the . . . — Map (db m81459) HM

Washington (King County), Seattle — Alexis Hotel / Globe BuildingBuilt 1901 - Rehabilitated 1982 — Seattle Landmark
Designed by Max Umbrecht for J.W. Clise, this building originally housed stores, offices and lodgings, and together with others in the area, marked the northward move of the downtown up First Avenue. Later it was converted into a parking garage and . . . — Map (db m99629) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — 103 — Ballard Avenue Historic District / Ballard City Hall Bell
Multiple markers on and near the Ballard Centennial Bell identify the Ballard Avenue Historic District. Marker 1: Be it remembered that at this place on the eleventh day of April, Nineteen Hundred and Seventy Six, the Ballard . . . — Map (db m27797) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Ballast IslandHistorical Point of Interest
In this area once part of the bay, vessels from ports all over the world dumped their ballast. Untold thousands of tons were unloaded into the water by ship’s crews including 40,000 tons from San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. The island, long a . . . — Map (db m48122) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Bell Street BridgeWhere did the old Bell Street Bridge go?
The original Bell Street Bridge was a wooden trestle built in 1915 to provide access to Pier 66 from Elliott Avenue and the hillside above. In the early 1900s, trestle bridges connected many of Seattle's piers on the central waterfront with the . . . — Map (db m86453) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Bell Street Terminal, Pier 66Historical Point of Interest
The site of the Indian camping place called Muck-Muck-Wum. In 1911 the headquarters of Washington’s first public port was established here by commissioners H.M. Chittenden, C.E. Remsberg and Robert Bridges. This tablet dedicated May 19, during . . . — Map (db m48002) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Birthplace of United Parcel Service
In August 1907, in a 6 by 17 foot office under the original sidewalk here, a few messenger boys began the business which their many thousand successors extended throughout the vast regions of our country covered by United Parcel Service today. . . . — Map (db m70736) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Broadway High School
On this site stood Seattle's first High School. Opened in 1902 as Seattle High School, in 1904 it was named Broadway High School until its closing in 1946. Broadway set high standards for education and racial harmony. This plaque is presented by . . . — Map (db m102981) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman (Sub Pop Records)Seattle Walk of Fame
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Washington (King County), Seattle — Burke Building Remnants
This arch and other architectural components in the plaza are from the Burke Building which was built on this site in 1895 — Map (db m99512) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Carkeek Park
Carkeek Park is an urban oasis. The salt water beach, the salmon bearing stream, wetlands, forest, picnic tables, play areas and miles of trails welcome visitors with new discoveries year round. The land once occupied by early Salish peoples . . . — Map (db m102488) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Carson D. Boren
Built here the first cabin home of white man in the City of Seattle in April 1852. It was made of split cedar puncheons. — Map (db m48051) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Chief Seattle
[Right side of the monument] Kitsap sights Vancouver’s vessel 1792 – First vessel on Puget Sound [Left side of the monument] Seattle Chief of the Suquamish A firm friend of the whites For him the city of . . . — Map (db m47938) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Chinese American Soldiers MemorialSeattle
Dedicated to American Soldiers of Chinese Ancestry in Seattle and vicinity who died in the service of their country during World War II, 1941 - 1945 [Translation in Chinese calligraphy] Yeu Louie Lee Hong Chew Bak Hong Chin John . . . — Map (db m26934) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Chrysler BuildingSeattle's Historic Auto Row
The Washborn-Haines Company built this structure to showcase their preeminent Chrysler auto dealership, so special that Walter Chrysler himself came out for the opening on November 29, 1925. This building continued to house automobile sales and . . . — Map (db m103015) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Colman BuildingSeattle Landmark
Only the base of this building, designed by the well-known firm of Bebb and Gould, in 1915 was designated. In 1982 the Bumgardner Partnership saved the facade and merged it into the new tower for the Cornerstone Development Corporation. — Map (db m99636) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Crystal Pool1915 - 2004
The Cristalla site is the original home of the Crystal Pool Natatorium. Known as Crystal Pool, the building was commissioned in 1913 by Seattle dignitary C. D. Stimson and designed by architect Marcus Priteca, a prominent West Coast designer . . . — Map (db m99651) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Earl Layman Street Clock
Originally the Young's Credit Jewelers Clock c. 1907 located at 4th and Pike. Donated to Historic Seattle by the Dean Black family. Placed here in dedication to Earl Drais Layman City of Seattle Historic Preservation Officer 1974 - 1982, in . . . — Map (db m103167) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Emil Fredreksen Memorial
Medal of Honor Recipient Emil Fredreksen 1/5/1867-6/24/1950. Emil Fredreksen was the recipient of extremely rare peacetime Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during the boiler explosion on July 21, 1905 aboard the USS Bennington . . . — Map (db m109290) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Everett G. DuPenBronze Relief Sculptures
For much of the 20th Century, this site was occupied by the Medical Arts Building, a six-story brick and concrete building, built in 1903. This original building was named the Lumber Exchange. In a 1950 renovation by its long-time owners, the Albert . . . — Map (db m99566) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Exchange Building
Opened in May 1930, the Exchange Building was designed to house more stock and mercantile exchanges than any building in the United States. It was constructed as one of the tallest and largest reinforced concrete structures in the world. . . . — Map (db m99501) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Father William SullivanSeattle Walk of Fame
Father Sullivan served as president of Seattle University from 1976-1996, leading it into a prosperous time of record enrollment, financial stability and new academic programs. An insightful leader in the Seattle community, he served as chairman of . . . — Map (db m99644) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Fire Bell No. 4
Historic fire bell from Station No. 4 located at 4th and Battery Street in the 1800's prior to the first Denny regrade - This bell sounded out the fire alarms to all the stations in the North End area and Queen Anne Hill by means of area code and . . . — Map (db m98926) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — First Avenue
A main north-south artery of Seattle, stretching north from the original Pioneer Square business district, First Avenue was lined with offices, leading hotels, banks and even a few residences. Until the mid-20th century, the street was also home to . . . — Map (db m47941) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — First Post Office in Seattle
Arthur A Denny in his log cabin home on this spot opened the first post office of Seattle August 27, 1853. ——————————— This Tablet was Erected by the Washington . . . — Map (db m99533) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — First Presbyterian Church Cornerstone

This is the corner stone of the old church, corner of Fourth Avenue and Spring Street. It was removed to this location A.D. October 1906 by order of the Session... — Map (db m81457) HM

Washington (King County), Seattle — First Presbyterian Church of Seattle World War II Memorial1939 • 1945

In memory of the men of our church who gave their lives for their country and the liberty of the world

Major Golland C. Clark Jr. P.F.C. Hugh E. Craven Private H. E. Dupar Lieut. David C. Hall Jr. P.O. J. Francis Henning Milton E. . . . — Map (db m81461) HM

Washington (King County), Seattle — First Presbyterian Church of Seattle World War Memorial1914 • The Great War • 1918

In memory of the men of our church who gave their lives for their country and the liberty of the world

Capt. John S. Pringle Capt. Elijah W. Worsham Lieut. Walter C. Lee Lieut. Wm. J. A. MacDonald Lieut. Harold C. White Private . . . — Map (db m81460) HM

Washington (King County), Seattle — First School in Seattle
Bank of California On this spot the first school in Seattle was taught by Mrs Catherine P. Blaine in January 1854 ———————————— This Tablet was Erected by . . . — Map (db m99628) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — George Ward HouseSeattle's Oldest Bulding
Two markers are side-by-side on this house: (Marker 1) Ward House Seattle's Oldest Building 1882 Seattle Landmark (Marker 2) George Ward House 520 E Denny Way has been placed on the National Register of . . . — Map (db m102516) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Gerard SchwarzSeattle Walk of Fame
Longtime Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Maestro Schwarz has initiated concert series, led award-winning recordings and introduced many new American works. He is active as a spokesman for music education, and was honored in 1994 as . . . — Map (db m99649) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Grand Central Hotel1889
Originally known as the Squire-Latimer Building, this structure served as office space until 1897. At that time the influx of miners on their way to the Klondike Gold Rush brought about its conversion to the Grand Central Hotel. After years of . . . — Map (db m48126) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Great Northern Tunnel
Completed in 1905, this one mile long railroad tunnel provided access to the new passenger depot and the expanded freight yards south of King Street. The tunnel was built at the suggestion of City Engineer R.H. Thomson to relieve growing street . . . — Map (db m48167) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Hiram M. Chittenden LocksWhy Are The Locks Needed?
When dedicated on July 4, 1917, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks was the largest navigation facility in North America. During the dedication, the USS Roosevelt - flagship for Commodore Robert Peary's famous 1909 expedition to the North Pole - led a . . . — Map (db m86455) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Indians Attack Seattle! Jan. 26, 1856Historical Point of Interest
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Washington (King County), Seattle — Information Booth1897- 1977
Dedicated June 16, 1977, the Pioneer Square information booth was constructed from portions of an ornate elevator cab from the Maynard Building. Idle for years, the cab was donated by Strand, Inc., and now continues in service to visitor’s to . . . — Map (db m48163) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Interurban Building
Originally known as the Pacific Block, this building was designed by John Parkinson, a noteworthy Seattle-Los Angeles architect. Built in 1890, it housed the office of the Puget Sound Electric Railway Interurban Line, which served Seattle and . . . — Map (db m48025) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Interurban Building1890
This romanesque revival building, with outstanding brick masonry and exceptional stone carving and terra cotta trim, is one of the finest in Pioneer Square. The building served as an interurban railroad depot and ticket office until 1920, and was . . . — Map (db m48036) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Japanese American Remembrance Garden
Left Marker: This is Sacred Land. Before World War II a community of Japanese and Japanese Americans lived on what is now south campus. In 1942, approximately 120,000 were incarcerated and held behind barbed wire for three or more years . . . — Map (db m103016) HM WM
Washington (King County), Seattle — John Harte McGraw
[fFront] This commemorates the services of an energetic and wise leader in many enterprises undertaken for the general welfare especially the project for connecting Lake Washington with tide water by a ship canal [Right side] . . . — Map (db m47940) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — King Street Station — 1989 Washington State Centennial
The station was completed in 1906 for James J. Hill and his Great Northern Railroad. The depot and the vast freight yards were built on the reclaimed tide flats adjacent to a newly developing warehouse and industrial district near Pioneer Square. . . . — Map (db m22490) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Kings St. Coal Wharf - Skinner & Eddy Shipyards - Site of Hooverville
A coal wharf was located at the waterfront during the late 19th century. Coal was transported here by railroad from Newcastle and Renton. Abandoned in the early 1900’s, the wharf soon became the Skinner & Eddy Shipyard. During World War I, the . . . — Map (db m48123) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Lenin in FremontArt Outlives Politics
Seen by most as one of the most controversial art pieces in Fremont; the sculpture of Lenin reminds us that art outlives politics — a stalwart reminder of egregious policy not to be repeated. One of A Kind Weighing over 7 tons, the . . . — Map (db m83642) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Lou Graham’s Sporting House — 1989 Washington State Centennial
Lou Graham, Seattle’s best known madam, opened her establishment on this site in 1888. Rebuilt in brick and expanded after the Great Fire in 1889, Graham’s parlor became the most elegant of Seattle’s bordellos during the city’s rough pioneer . . . — Map (db m22499) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park — The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This park honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. was inspired by Dr. King’s last speech entitled “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” He delivered the speech in Memphis, Tennessee the night before he was assassinated. He was there in support of . . . — Map (db m22557) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Maynard Building1892
Solid grey brick and stone, and fully restored interior paneling mark this romanesque revival building as one of Pioneer Square’s most handsome. Site of Seattle’s first bank, operated by pioneer merchant Dexter Horton. This building was restored in . . . — Map (db m48127) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Merchant’s Cafe1889
Seattle’s oldest continuously-used restaurant retains most of its original interior. Its 30-foot bar was brought “around the horn” in a sailing vessel during the 1860s, and much Klondike gold passed across it during the 1890s. The . . . — Map (db m48021) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Mural at Bergen Place
The Ballard Historical Society and the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association joined together to create this mural in 1995 to commemorate our community’s rich and prosperous history, and to celebrate our economic and cultural ties to . . . — Map (db m27794) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Mutual Life Building1897
This modified Romanesque Revival building of brick and terra cotta complements the nearby Pioneer Building. It has been home to such varied businesses as a speakeasy (1920s), elegant cigar store (1930s), and ice cream parlor. Site of Henry Yesler’s . . . — Map (db m47995) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Pantages House
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Washington (King County), Seattle — Paul G. Allen & Bill GatesSeattle Walk of Fame
In 1975, guided by a belief that the personal computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, Bill Gates and Paul Allen cofounded a company called Microsoft, which would grow to become the #1 computer software company in . . . — Map (db m99657) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Pioneer Building — 1989 Washington State Centennial
The Pioneer Building is one of the finest and most ornate buildings in the District, characteristic of the Richardsonian Romanesque style prevalent throughout Pioneer Square. Constructed in 1889 on the site of Henry Yesler’s first home. This . . . — Map (db m22495) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Pioneer Square Historic District
[This marker is consists of seven panels and a map which deal with various aspects to the history of Pioneer Square. The panels are clustered together in Occidental Park in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District.] [Panel . . . — Map (db m69830) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Schwabacher’s Store
This 1890 building once housed Schwabacher’s Store, a leading mercantile outfitter for prospectors passing through Seattle en route to the Klondike Gold Rush. The firm was managed by Bailey Gatzert, who married into the Schwabacher family, becoming . . . — Map (db m48128) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Seattle Fisherman's Memorial
Dedicated on October 8, 1988 as a tribute to the men women, their families, and the members of the fishing community who have suffered the loss of life at sea. — Map (db m70739) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Seattle’s First PierHistorical Point of Interest
Seattle’s first pier lies buried beneath your feet. The famous Yesler sawmill and wharf, constructed in 1853m marked the birth of Seattle’s great lumber and shipping industries. For many years it was the center of Seattle’s business district. . . . — Map (db m48117) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Site of the Smaller Fort
Site of the smaller fort to protect the whites in the Indian War of 1855. A Stockade stretched from here to the main blockhouse at the foot of Cherry Street. — Map (db m48164) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Site of Yesler's Pavillion
This was the site of Seattle’s first civic and entertainment center. Built by Henry Yesler in 1865, in a corner of his private orchard, the Pavilion hosted town meetings, musicals, and theatrical performances. Remodeled into offices in 1887, it was . . . — Map (db m48049) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Smith and Squire Buildings
Smith and Squire Buildings, designed by Max Umbrecht and C.H. Webb, were built in 1900, and combined in a later renovation. The Steinberg Clothing Company occupied the original premises, which were redesigned as residential lofts in 1982 by Hewitt . . . — Map (db m48124) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Smith Tower — 1989 Washington State Centennial
Seattle’s first skyscraper opened on July 4, 1914. The 42 story Smith Tower was the tallest building outside of New York City and Seattle’s tallest for nearly fifty years. It was built by Lyman Smith of Smith-Corona and Smith and Wesson fame, from . . . — Map (db m22481) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Speakeasy Café
Just like that - it was gone. An electrical fire gutted the building at Second Avenue and Bell Street on May 18, 2001, putting an end to a storied Belltown place. Constructed in 1925 as the Seattle Taxicab Company headquarters and garage, the . . . — Map (db m99653) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Start of Seattle Fire Site
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Washington (King County), Seattle — The Brooklyn Building
Although the architect and builder are unknown, the Brooklyn Building is one of the few remaining late nineteenth century commercial buildings of consequence outside the Pioneer Square Historic District. Largely a residential street before the . . . — Map (db m99626) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — The First Commercial Monorail in the United States
In commemoration of service and honor to the Seattle World’s Fair April 21 – October 21 1962 and the City of Seattle Placed in tribute this 19th day of October 1962 at the site of the Northern Termius of the first commercial . . . — Map (db m47939) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — The First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, Washington1869 - 1906

Organized December 12, A.D. 1869 by Rev. George F. Whitworth, D.D. Membership 8 This edifice erected A.D. 1906 Rev. M. A. Matthews, D.D. Pastor Dedicated to the Worship of the Triune God — Map (db m81458) HM

Washington (King County), Seattle — The Fremont TrollThe Troll Under the Bridge
The Fremont Troll was designed and built by Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Witehead with the help from the community. The Fremont Arts Council sponsored the project, which hoped to build a greater sense of place in the . . . — Map (db m99725) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — The Goldsmith Building
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Washington (King County), Seattle — The Holyoke Building
In 1889, while this building was under construction, fire consumed most (sixteen blocks) of Seattle's downtown business district. The deep pit that had been dug for this building's foundation acted as a fire stop, preventing the destruction from . . . — Map (db m99477) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — The Pioneer Square Pergola
1909 This ornamental glass and cast iron pergola provided shelter at the northwest’s first comfort station, a place featuring modern conveniences such as public restrooms. 2002 The pergola was extensively damage when a truck failed to safely . . . — Map (db m47992) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — The St. Charles ApartmentsBuilt 1913 — Renovated 2004 by Plymouth Housing Group
The St. Charles Apartments, originally called the Rector Hotel was built to provide accommodations for the patrons of the Grand Seattle Opera. The St Charles Apartments is listed in the Washington Heritage Register, and the National Register of . . . — Map (db m48052) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — The Visit of President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great White Fleet”Centennial Celebration
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Washington (King County), Seattle — The White Chapel District
The White Chapel District: In the depression of 1893 there stood on opposite corners of Washington Street and Third Avenue, at the foot of “profanity hill,” what was referred to as the most financially solvent institution in . . . — Map (db m48169) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Union StationDesigned by Daniel J. Patterson — Dedicated on May 20, 1911
Restored and rededicated by Sound Transit on October 16, 1999 to link the past and future of public transportation and serve the Central Puget Sound community. Union Station served as the Seattle passenger terminal for the Oregon - Washington . . . — Map (db m48168) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — UPS - Celebrating 100 years of ServiceAugust 28, 2007
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of UPS, employees gathered here at the company’s birthplace to honor, celebrate and reaffirm UPS’s commitment to serving communities around the world. — Map (db m48165) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Waterfront History
The Seattle waterfront played and exciting role in the early days of pioneer Seattle. Where you are now standing once was tidal flats, edged by forests. Salish natives traveled up and down the coast in intricately carved cedar dugout canoes and . . . — Map (db m48003) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Welcome to The Public MarketPike Place Market
Welcome to downtown Seattle's neighborhood market. Pike Place Market is the city's center for fresh, local produce, specialty food and small independent businesses. Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its . . . — Map (db m75521) HM
Washington (King County), Seattle — Why Are the Piers Angled?Waterfront History
Normally a pier, or dock, extends straight out from the shoreline. So why are the piers in Seattle angled? How would you build them? Piers are constructed by first driving numerous pilings into the bottom of the bay to support the pier deck. . . . — Map (db m99666) HM

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