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By Barry Swackhamer, October 29, 2012
Old Telegraph Road Marker
Washington (Whatcom County), Bellingham — Old Telegraph Road
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 (Whatcom County), Bellingham — Pickett Bridge
First built in 1857 as a Military Bridge by Captain George E. Pickett — Map (db m53921) HM
Washington (Whatcom County), Bellingham — Washington State's Oldest Brick BuildingWashington Territorial Court House — 1308 E Street —
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Diablo — A Park From the People
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Diablo — Chain of Dams
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Diablo — Gorge High Dam
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Diablo — The North CascadesDedicated to Senator Henry M. Jackson
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Diablo — Transmission Lines
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Newhalem — Electric Forest
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Newhalem — Gorge PowerhouseProducing Power Since 1924
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. . . . — Map (db m129273) HM
Washington (Whatcom County), Newhalem — Lighting of the Falls
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Newhalem — Welcome to Ladder Creek Falls & Gardens
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
Washington (Whatcom County), Point Roberts — Point Roberts Boundary MarkerThe Evergreen State
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

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