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Seattle /sˈætəl/ is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located in the U.S. state of Washington between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 96 miles (155 km) south of the United States–Canadian border in King County, of which it is the county seat. Seattle was first settled by Europeans on November 14, 1851, by Arthur A. Denny and his crew, which would subsequently become known as the Denny party. Early settlements in the area were called New York, Alki and Duwamps; in 1853 at the suggestion of Doc Maynard the main settlement was named Seattle, after Sealth, chief of two local tribes. As of 2010, the city had an estimated population of 608,660 and an estimated metropolitan area population of approximately 3.3 million. Seattle is the hub for the Greater Puget Sound region. Its official nickname is the Emerald City, the result of a contest by a civic-minded association in the early 1980s to designate a pleasant nickname for the city; the name alludes to the lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area. It is also referred to informally as the Gateway to Alaska, Queen City, and Jet City, due to the local influence of Boeing. (Seattle-area band Queensrÿche also wrote a song called "Jet City Woman".) Seattle residents are known as Seattleites.

Seattle is often regarded as the birthplace of grunge music, and has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Tully's. There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes. Seattle was the site of the 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization, and the attendant demonstrations by anti-globalization activists. Researchers at Central Connecticut State University ranked Seattle the most literate city in America in 2005 and 2006. Moreover, the United States Census Bureau indicated that Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major U.S. city. Based on per capita income, Seattle ranks 36th of 522 studied areas in the state of Washington. Read More...

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The Seattle Central Library is the flagship library of the Seattle Public Library system. The 11-story (185 feet or 56 meters high) glass and steel building in downtown Seattle, Washington was opened to the public on Sunday, May 23, 2004. Rem Koolhaas was the principal architect. The 362,987 square foot (34,000 m²) public library can hold about 1.45 million books and other materials, features underground public parking for 143 vehicles, and includes over 400 computers open to the public. Over 2 million individuals visited the new library in its first year. It is the third Seattle Central Library building to be located on the same site at 1000 Fourth Avenue, the block bounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues and Madison and Spring Streets. The library has a unique, striking appearance, consisting of several discrete "floating platforms" seemingly wrapped in a large steel net around glass skin. Architectural tours of the building began on June 5, 2006.

In 2007, the building was voted #108 on the American Institute of Architects' list of Americans' 150 favorite structures in the US. [1] It was one of two Seattle buildings included on the list of 150 structures, the other being Safeco Field. Read More...'

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Robert Moran (January 26, 1857—March 27, 1943) was a prominent Seattle shipbuilder who served as the city's mayor from 1888 to 1890.

Two tall ships at the Moran Bros. Company docks, late 19th century

A native of New York City, Moran was 18 when, in 1875, he arrived penniless in Seattle, a frontier outpost in the Pacific Northwest, which had been settled less than a quarter-century before, in November 1851, and only incorporated between 1865 and 1869. Through hard work he earned enough money to send for his family and, by 1882, he and his brothers started a marine repair business at Yesler's wharf. The Moran Brothers Company prospered during the Klondike Gold Rush when, among other projects, they built a fleet of 12 175-foot paddlewheel riverboats, which were successfully delivered to the Yukon River. Read More...

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... that there is a List of companies based in Seattle , so you can see what Seattle has brought to the map?!

... that during the Great Depression, the New Order of Cincinnatus, accused by its opponents of fascist tendencies, successfully placed three candidates on the Seattle City Council?


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... that during the Great Depression, violence in Seattle's Smith Cove between longshoremen, strikebreakers and police ultimately resulted in the loss of much of the city's maritime traffic to the Port of Los Angeles?


... that Bertha Knight Landes (October 19, 1868 - November 29, 1943), mayor of Seattle, was the first female mayor of a major American city?


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... that Henry A. Smith became the dominant landowner in what is now Interbay, Seattle, Washington by buying when so many others were selling during an 1855–56 Indian War?


... that the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (better known as the 520 bridge by locals), is the longest floating bridge in the world at 7,578 feet (2,310 meters), and carries over 40,000 more cars per day than it was designed for?


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... that the Kalakala, a Washington State Ferry from 1935 until 1967 that was notable for her unique streamlined superstructure, art deco styling, and luxurious amenities, was used as a factory seafood processing ship after her retirement?

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