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The Sound and the Ferry: The Birth of Washington State Ferries - Oct 13

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
For centuries, people have found various forms of transportation across the waterways in Puget Sound—from canoes to sailing ships to steam, diesel, and electric-powered vessels. Since the 1950s, the primary mode of travel for millions has been the Washington State Ferries (WSF).
 
Ferries slide Alan SteinToday the WSF is the largest ferry system in the United States, and the fourth largest in the world. It carries more vehicles than any other system—10 million a year—making it unique in its size and use. As an extension of the state’s highway system, it is essential to commerce and travel, making connections across Puget Sound that greatly reduce the time and distance needed to get from one side to the other.
The birth of the Washington State Ferries will be the topic at the Redmond Historical Society’s Saturday Speaker Series program on October 13.
 
Alan J. Stein, author and historian for HistoryLink.org, will explore the history of WSF and the reasons for developing a government-run ferry system. The Saturday Speaker Series is presented by the Redmond Historical Society on the second Saturday of the month with three programs each in the fall and spring.  It is held at 10:30 a.m. at the Redmond Senior Center, located at 8703 160th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98052.  Topics range from local, state, and Pacific Northwest historical interest. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. There is a suggested $5 donation for non-members.
 
Special Presentation on Monday, October 15, 2018
Sasquatch:
 
Man-Ape or Myth?
 
Learn about this mysterious and Northwest icon, and weigh the evidence both for and against its existence. Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon, discusses the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method, and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either Man-Ape or Myth.
 
Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series In partnership with the King County Library System (15990 NE 85th St, Redmond)
Program is free.
 
For details: www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org       
 

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