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Treasures of the Archives: “Earthquake in Washington State on April 29, 1965”

Construction workers repairing the legislative building after it was damaged in an earthquake on April 29, 1965. Legislative building, earthquake damage, exterior, 1965, Susan Parish Photograph Collection, 1889-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.

Construction workers repairing the legislative building after it was damaged in an earthquake on April 29, 1965. Legislative building, earthquake damage, exterior, 1965, Susan Parish Photograph Collection, 1889-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

On April 29, 1965 at 8:29 a.m. the ground shook in the southern Puget Sound. A magnitude 6.7 earthquake sent tremors across the area frightening commuters, damaging buildings, and taking three lives. It cost twelve and a half million dollars to repair damages from the first substantial earthquake to affect the region in over twenty-five years.

Treasures of the Archives: What Treasures Have You Found in the Digital Archives?

This 1913 marriage certificate for “King Corn” and “Queen Alfalfa” is just one unexpected find in the archives. Spokane County Auditor, Marriage Records, 1880-Present, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

Dear Friends and Researchers,

Help us out. What buried treasures have you uncovered here on the Digital Archives?

For three years now, the staff of the Washington State Archives, Digital Archives has used this space to highlight some of the treasures we have in our digital collections. From early photographs of the state parks to escaped prisoners from the penitentiary, we have shared some of our favorite discoveries. With over 60 million searchable items online, however, we don’t pretend that we have uncovered every interesting item in our collections. So we turn to you--what have you found? Is there some chilling death certificate, unique photograph, or fascinating record series that you have come across?

Send us your favorite finds and we will feature your discovery in this space or on the Digital Archives Twitter feed. Email a link and a brief note about what you find interesting to the Assistant Digital Archivist, Larry Cebula, at larry.cebula@sos.wa.gov. We look forward to seeing what you have found!

Cordially,

The Digital Archives Team

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