Photo Challenge
Apparently several historic buildings in Washington look just like this
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Maybe it was the same architect, or call it impeccable taste throughout Washington. Either way, Spokane's Old City Hall looks remarkably similar to the Tacoma Hotel and the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

A clue in the photo led some to guess the Great Northern Railway station, but this photo is from 1893, before the railroad bought and demolished the structure. Old City Hall stood for less than two decades.

September Photo Challenge
by Benjamin Helle, Olympia Branch Archivist
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If you're coming to our Tales of Strange Washington event in October, you will learn more about the image on the left.

In the meantime, tell me if you know what it is!

Cracking the Archives
Criminals make genealogy easier with extradition records
 by Emily Venemon, Olympia Branch Research Assistant

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Do you have any outlaws in your family tree? (If you think you don't, you might be surprised!) Have you heard stories of criminals on the lam being captured in Washington state? The State Archives might have the records you are looking for! We hold extradition files from the Governor's Office from 1863-2013. These files can contain extradition requests from other states, correspondence, fulfillment reports, and other filings.  They can also document aspects of the crime or criminal's capture not found elsewhere.  The crimes range from murder to, as shown in this example, abandonment. This is a great reminder that records relating to people and events from other states can sometimes pop up in unexpected places!

Image citations: Extradition Order 3228 Gilbert L. Cavanaugh, Governors' Office, Extradition Files, 1863-2013, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives.
 by Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn, Olympia Branch Researcher

William Owen Bush House, Washington State Library collection.
Several articles have been written about the houses of the Bush pioneer families of New Market-Tumwater fame. Recently some questions came up from researchers about the houses of George Bush, his son Owen Bush, and grandson John Shotwell Bush that needed some clarification.

As stated by Kathryn Bush Hackett (daughter of John Shotwell Bush) in a handwritten account to Paul Thomas in 1965, there have been... read more
October is Archives Month and the theme is "Strange Washington"

How perfect is this theme for this state, especially in October? A lot of strange things have come out of Washington. Sasquatch. Flying saucers. A disproportionate share of serial killers. D.B. Cooper. And a ton of other things you might not have heard of. Yet.

We have a few events planned for Archives Month to take a look back at some of the strange history our state has to offer.

Tales of Strange Washington
October 7, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Olympia Archives Building

Haunted Tours
October 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Olympia Archives Building

History Happy Hour
November 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 3 Magnets Brewery, Olympia


Brought to you by Legacy Washington.

Just before dawn on June 25, 1950, North Korean troops stormed across the 38th Parallel, the border that divides the communist north from the capitalist south. The U.S. quickly intervened, backed by other U.N. members. Seoul would change hands four times. When the truce was finally signed in 1953, the entire peninsula lay in ruins.

Nearly 37,000 Americans lost their lives in a conflict over communism. History remembers it as a forgotten war. Often eclipsed by World War II and Vietnam, the Korean War caused more than 2.8 million casualties-from the southern port of Pusan to the mountains of North Korea.

Sixty-five years after an armistice ended the fighting, veterans and civilians remind us why the conflict is worth remembering.

Come join the Tumwater Historical Association at Tumwater Falls on Saturday, October 1, 2017, to celebrate our history, as we live and document history for future generations. This event will focus on the years 1850 to 1875. There will be hands-on activities, river walk tours, a bake sale, and period music and clothing (wear your favorite period costume!). Great for all ages. See THA's Facebook event for more info.

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Out of the Archives banner photo: Longacres Racetrack, Labor Day, 1933.