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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 mighty Mole of Cedar Hills!

This piece of experimental equipment was used (1968-1971) in a federally funded demonstration project at King County's Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Maple Valley Designed by the Renton architectural and consulting firm Johnston, Campanella, Murakami & Company, the 150-ton Mole was intended to compact and bury solid waste in a manner allowing for better utilization of existing county landfills. A scoop shovel machine would precede the Mole and clear a fifteen-foot trench. Garbage would be placed in the Mole's hopper. The garbage was then compacted under pressure and released through the rear of the Mole. Finally, a bulldozer would follow behind the Mole and cover over the trench with the dirt that had been removed by the shovel. The demonstration project ultimately concluded that the type of soil conditions present at Cedar Hills were not suitable for the Mole's continued operation.

Department of Public Works photograph files: Community Relations and Communications (Series 415), Box 1, Folder 46. (Photo ID 415.0336)


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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