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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.


The Kingdome: July 21, 1975, eight months to go!

In 1968, as a part of the Forward Thrust initiative, voters approved a $40,000,000 bond to construct a covered multipurpose stadium for King County. Ground was broken for the structure in 1972 and the new stadium, christened the Kingdome, officially opened on March 27, 1976 in a gala ceremony. At the height of its operations, the Kingdome was home to four major sports teams and host to numerous trade and consumer shows, concerts, and other special events. Changing public preferences resulted in the demolition of the Kingdome in March 2000 to make way for a new football and soccer stadium. Many other photographs and drawings of the Kingdome are present in the collections of the King County Archives.

Department of Public Works photograph files: Community Relations and Communications (Series 415), Box 2, Folder 4. (Photo ID 415.0473)

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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