Penetrating northward through this point, toward wilderness areas of British Columbia and Alaska, a telegraph line was partially built in 1865-1867 to connect New York with London via the Bering Strait Cable and a line across Russia. A single-wire . . . — — Map (db m60818) HM
Washington Territorial Court House
1308 E Street Bellingham Washington
Washington State's oldest brick building, built in 1858 with bricks made in Philadelphia and shipped around Cape Horn.
Erected as a combination store, commission . . . — — Map (db m53542) HM
The first of many attempts to create a national park in the North Cascades occurred in 1906. But it was not until Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson took the issue to the people "for guidance and direction" that the park became a reality. In what he . . . — — Map (db m129307) HM
The first construction work to harness the Skagit River took place in 1924 in the gorge below. A low wood and rock spillway diverted water into a tunnel dug through the mountainside to a powerhouse in Newhalem. Bigger dams followed, culminating in . . . — — Map (db m129279) HM
A strong dam depends not just upon the concrete you see, but on the unseen structure beneath river level. During construction, engineers drilling to find bedrock encountered deep, unstable deposits of glacial silt – loose gravel and sand. . . . — — Map (db m129280) HM
The North Cascades "The North Cascades is an area I hiked and explored as a boy. Each time I return, I gain a new appreciation of its natural beauty and its power to impress the spirit. The towering peaks and glaciers and the alpine scenery of . . . — — Map (db m129310) HM
Transmission lines are a visible link between these remote mountain lakes and densely populated urban areas. Gorge was the first of the Skagit power projects to go on line. On September 17, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge pressed a gold telegraph . . . — — Map (db m129281) HM
Superintendent of Lighting J.D. Ross wanted his visitors to believe that “anything was possible with electricity” including heating the ground to accommodate tropical plants such as banana and palm trees. In the wilds of the North . . . — — Map (db m129278) HM
The powerhouse in front of you sent the first electric power from the Skagit Hydroproject to Seattle in 1924.
The rushing water underneath the powerhouse has just produced up to 170 megawatts of power, enough to light up almost 9,000 homes.
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Superintendent of Lighting J.D. Ross was fascinated with artistic lighting early in his life. In 1929, the US Forest Service granted Ross permission to manage Ladder Creek Falls in order to illuminate the falls with changing colors. “...to . . . — — Map (db m129289) HM
The gardens were the creation of James Delmage (J.D.) Ross, Seattle City Light’s second superintendent. J.D., the son of a Scottish horticulturist, combined his love of plants with his interest in electricity. Beginning in 1925, J.D. Ross created a . . . — — Map (db m129277) HM
One mile west stands a granite obelisk, the first of a series of similar markers along the 49th parallel, defining the Canadian-American line from the Strait of Georgia to the summit of the Rocky Mountains.
The official survey, begun at Point . . . — — Map (db m60819) HM