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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.


10__Cow_

Out to pasture

Bridge inspectors occasionally tried to enliven photographs used in their reports by incorporating human figures or animals into the composition. This image, taken in the mid-1950s of an unnamed bridge on SE 424th Street, also shows an attractive cow in a pasture by Newaukum Creek near Enumclaw.

Road Engineer bridge files: photographs (Series 474), Box 12, Folder 13. (Bridge 3071, 1378A)

 

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_

13__Snowman_

5__Kingdome_
3__Rock_bunker_ 162_01_432_Neighborhood_cover

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