Two conflicting perspectives exist for the early history of Seattle. There is what one might call the "establishment" view, which favors the centrality of the Denny Party (generally the Denny, Mercer, Terry, and Boren families), and Henry Yesler. A second, less didactic view, advanced particularly by historian Bill Speidel, sees David Swinson "Doc" Maynard as a key figure, perhaps the key figure. In the late nineteenth century, when Seattle had become a thriving town, several members of the Denny Party still survived; they and many of their descendants were in local positions of power and influence. Maynard was about ten years older and died relatively young, so he was not around to make his own case. Because the Denny Party were generally conservative Methodists and Maynard was, among other things, a drinker who lived with both his wife and an ex-wife and felt that well-run prostitution could be a healthy part of a city's economy, he was not on the best of terms with what became the Seattle Establishment, and Maynard was nearly written out of the city's history until Speidel's research in the 1960s and 1970s. Read more...
Lou Graham (1861–1903), born Dorothea Georgine Emile Ohben, was a German-born woman who became famous as the madame of a brothel in what is now the Pioneer Square district of Seattle. She became one of the city's wealthiest citizens before dying in her early forties. Read More...
... that there is a List of companies based in Seattle
, so you can see what Seattle has brought to the map?!
... that during the Great Depression, the New Order of Cincinnatus, accused by its opponents of fascist tendencies, successfully placed three candidates on the Seattle City Council?
... that during the Great Depression, violence in Seattle's Smith Cove between longshoremen, strikebreakers and police ultimately resulted in the loss of much of the city's maritime traffic to the Port of Los Angeles?
... that Bertha Knight Landes (October 19, 1868 - November 29, 1943), mayor of Seattle, was the first female mayor of a major American city?
... that Henry A. Smith became the dominant landowner in what is now Interbay, Seattle, Washington by buying when so many others were selling during an 1855–56 Indian War?
... that the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (better known as the 520 bridge by locals), is the longest floating bridge in the world at 7,578 feet (2,310 meters), and carries over 40,000 more cars per day than it was designed for?
... that the Kalakala, a Washington State Ferry from 1935 until 1967 that was notable for her unique streamlined superstructure, art deco styling, and luxurious amenities, was used as a factory seafood processing ship after her retirement?