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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.


Jumping over Julia's Gulch: the Marine View Drive Bridge, c. 1930

In 1929, the county commissioners of King County and Pierce County jointly passed resolutions authorizing the construction of a bridge to be built "across county line between King and Pierce Counties on the road known and designated as 'Marine View Drive', at an estimated cost of $55,000." According to the agreement, King County was to pay for sixty percent of the costs, with Pierce County responsible for the remainder. The firm of S. A. Moceri, Inc., based in Tacoma and Seattle, was contracted to furnish and drive the foundation piling for the bridge at a cost of $1.25 per lineal foot. This photograph of the bridge under construction near Dash Point may show a worker from that company.

Road Engineer bridge files: photographs (Series 474), Box 10, Folder 21. (Bridge 3001, 2462B)


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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