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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.


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On the trail

Voters' 1968 passage of the Forward Thrust bond initiative approved funds for the acquisition and construction of park sites and recreational facilities across King County. During this period of expansion, the King County Park System acquired large parcels of land for passive-use parks and trails. One was the Lake Sammamish Trail, where this woman was photographed taking a stroll in 1994. Additional examples of historical park photographs can be found on the King County Archives' web site and in another online exhibit.

Parks System photograph files, (Series 467), Box 8, Folder 10.

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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_

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Please note the Archives is closed Wednesdays.