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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 (external link), 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.


482__Man_and_duck

Man and mallard

In the early 1960s, drainage and erosion issues along Standring Lane in Burien's Shorewood area presented challenges both for homeowners and for King County's engineers. Here, on a beach behind some waterfront houses, a county worker or contractor clearing damage from a spring 1965 storm takes time to engage with a friendly mallard duck. (Some years later, Surface Water Management personnel would also utilize some four-footed assistance at one Cedar River levee inspection, as this 1990 photograph demonstrates!)

Department of Transportation photograph and moving image files (Series 400), folder 482.

 

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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