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History of Columbia City: “Watch It Grow”

By Cassandra Tate/HistoryLink.org: Columbia City, a historic neighborhood in southeast Seattle, began as a townsite developed by promoter J. K. Edmiston, who built an electric rail line from downtown Seattle through the Rainier Valley along the route now followed by Rainier Avenue. It was incorporated as an independent town in […]

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South Seattle History: Developing Columbia City

South Seattle History: Developing Columbia City

By David B. Williams (HistoryLink.org): Developing Columbia City Few people were more central to the development of the area that became the Seattle neighborhood of Columbia City than James Kippen Edmiston. Born in Renfrew, Scotland, he traveled to America with his brother George Fleming Edmiston (1863-1932), and became an American […]

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South Seattle History: Was Chubby & Tubby Part of Your Christmas Tradition?

South Seattle History: Was Chubby & Tubby Part of Your Christmas Tradition?

Founded in 1946, Chubby & Tubby grew into a Seattle institution, with three locations offering bargains in hardware, housewares, and garden supplies. Their famous Christmas trees sold for 97 cents in the early years and were still a bargain at the time the business closed in 2003. Was Chubby & […]

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South Seattle History: The Genesee Dinky

South Seattle History: The Genesee Dinky

Rainier Valley Historical Society: In 1890, real estate developer J. K. Edmiston built a streetcar line from Seattle to the newly-developed town of Columbia, hoping to attract buyers for his lots. The streetcar pictured above, known as the Genesee Dinky, carried passengers from Rainier Avenue and Genesee Street to 50th […]

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