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This sampler of photographs from the collections of the King County Archives is itself a snapshot of some of the places, lives and times of people who called twentieth-century King County their home.

Health, safety, recreation and transportation are some of the topics that appear in these photographs. Please click on the thumbnails at the right for larger images and descriptive text. Links in the captions lead to other pages that are part of the King County Archives Web site. There, you'll find more photographs, maps, drawings and additional text information.

This online exhibit, prepared in honor of Washington State Archives Month 2008, is based on a display ("A Baker's Dozen: Images of King County from the Collections") originally created in 2003 by Assistant Archivist Helice Koffler.


"We most earnestly petition your Honorable body to gravel our road at once!"

In response to citizen pleas and petitions such as this one, King County commissioners made a concerted effort during the early years of the twentieth century to first gravel, and then pave the surfaces of county roads. To satisfy the growing need for road improvement materials, the county purchased rock, sand and gravel; acquired or leased numerous gravel pits; and constructed gravel bunkers in which to store the materials. This 1908 photograph shows a worker at the Fall City bunker loading gravel into a horse-drawn county wagon. The King County Archives Web site features more examples of the extensive photographs, maps, drawings, and textual records held by the Archives that relate to street and road histories in King County.

Road Engineer wharf files (Series 375), Box 5, Folder 6. (Photo ID 93.1.0183)

1__House_ 2__Wharf_
90_2_2588_home_health_care 4__TB_Bus_
482__Man_and_duck 6__Hooverville_
7__Mole_ 8__Lake_Wilderness_bridge_
9__Marine_Drive_Bridge_ 10__Cow_
11__Woman_Walker_ 12__Clint_Eastwood_


3__Rock_bunker_ 162_01_432_Neighborhood_cover

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