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Mossback's Northwest

What was Lesser Seattle?

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Mossback's Northwest

What was Lesser Seattle?

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After World War II, civic boosters launched a campaign called Greater Seattle which rolled out the red carpet for transplants and tourists in hopes of transforming the city into a global destination. Meanwhile, another kind of civic booster was arising. Operating under the banner Lesser Seattle, these Seattleites sought to keep Seattle from changing its character. Mossback explains.

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The Centralia Tragedy Left a Legacy Still Debated

In 1919, during an Armistice Day parade, a gun battle between Wobblies (IWW) and the American Legion left five men dead, and scars in the Northwest psyche. It was a violent clash between two ideologies -- the anti Bolshevik American Legion and the radical socialists known as the Industrial Workers of the World.

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Northwest Oystermania

The Olympia oyster is the Pacific Coast's only indigenous oyster. Tiny compared to other oysters, the Olympia was for decades raked out of Washington's beds by the ton, to feeding hungry gold diggers in California and Northwestern lumbermen. Invasive Japanese oysters took over its habitat, but the might Olympia might be making a comeback, thanks to interested shellfish farmers.

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