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The Bluest Skies… you’ve ever seen are in Seattle!

You’ve heard the song and — if you’re of a certain age — you’ve probably seen the show “Here Come the Brides” which aired from 1968-1970. But did you know the show was based on real events?

The “Mercer Girls”, eligible young women from New England, were brought to Seattle in 1864 by Asa Mercer to be teachers and prospective brides for early Northwest settlers.

While we’re on the topic of Seattle trivia, did you know?

  • The Smith Tower, one of the country’s earliest skyscrapers, was the tallest building west of the Mississippi for nearly 50 years.
  • The University of Washington campus was designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and their influence and design is still evident today.
  • Pike Place Market is one of the most popular Seattle attractions and its signature bronze pig is a well-established meeting place. But, did you know the pig’s name is Rachel? To link to Pike Place Market, go to the end of this article — you will not be able to return to this article or to Latitudes.

Make your own history in Seattle and join us for the Western MLA Chapters annual meeting:

Missions and Mountains: Believe and Achieve
October 14-17, 2006, Red Lion Hotel, Seattle
http://www.pncmla.org/pncmla2006/

Submitted by:
Lisa Oberg and Gail Kouame, Program Co-Chairs
Pamela Corley, Publicity
Western Chapters Planning Committee

Click Pike Place Market now to get to their Flash site. You may not be able to get back to our newsletter.

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