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A City at Work: Images from the Seattle Municipal Archives Photo Collection

Seattle History Overview

The history of Seattle city government parallels Seattle's greater history. Sometimes, as with the regrading of downtown, the City created history itself. In other cases, the City reacted to an era's events and challenges, whether by encouraging or celebrating growth in good times, or responding to the consequences of harder times such as wars, depressions, natural disasters, and social upheaval. Although City photographers rarely set out to capture these greater themes in their routine documentation of City work, the resulting pictures often provide glimpses into Seattle's broader history.

Growth & Development
Growth & Development
Reshaping the City
Reshaping the City
Celebrations & Dedications
Celebrations & Dedications
Events & Challenges
Events & Challenges

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