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Weather Tomorrow:

PM Rain in Seattle.
With a high of 61 F,
and a low of 51 F.

Another Seattle gem gone. The Last Exit On Brooklyn quickly became a favored hang out for UW students. If you’ve ever written a poem, or if perhaps you reflected on the cherry blossoms in the quad for a minute too long, you’d end up at the Last Exit at least some of the time, and the other times you’d be buying a Rainier Beer or a Schlitz, or whatever beer was on discount over at The Blue Moon Tavern.

The Last Exit On Brooklyn offered a different sort of an answer to a coffee shop. In 1967 there was a buzzing in the air that lasted into the 70s, you were going to save the world or at least have some fun watching others try. You’d come here to play a game of chess, listen to music (especially some jazz), smoke a cigarette as you sip your well brewed and thought out coffee. Maybe you’d take a date, or maybe you’d start a new conversation entirely. Smelling of Marlboro, coffee and that sort of crispness that fall air has, this was one shop that created memories.

Sadly, the Last Exit took its exit and the building is now owned by UW.


The History of restoring the “R” 

After Tully’s purchased the building they donated the “R” to Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Pabst Brewing Co., owner of the Rainier Beer brand, paid to construct a replica of the ‘R’ as part of the “Restore the R” campaign launched by the MOHAI, and Wexley School for Girls.

The original 12-foot-high Rainier sign graced the top of the Rainier Brewery from the 1950s until 2000, and now rests restored at MOHAI.

Local sign fabricators Western Neon used old plans to recreate the new sign, spending hours turning gas and glass into the light that will welcome travelers along I-5 into Seattle. President of Western Neon, Andre Lucero says “It’s exciting for us 'cause it gives us the opportunity to not work on just another sign, but a very historical, iconic landmark.” 470 LED bulbs brighten the big “R”, twice the original number and the bulbs are now on both sides. After completing the sign, Western Neon mounted the replica on a flatbed truck at its Georgetown shop. The new Rainier 'R’ traveled to different neighborhoods in Seattle including Queen Anne, Ballard, Fremont, Belltown and Capitol Hill, as part of a neighborhood crawl kickoff event. On Thursday October 24th, 2013, the replica “R” dangled from a crane, ready to make a celebratory return. The neon sign lit-up to a packed crowd outside of the brewery, reclaiming its perch above what was once the sixth biggest brewery in the world.

As part of the purchase of Tully’s, new co-chairman and partial owner Michael Avenatti announced in September that the big green “T” on top of the old Rainier Brewery would be coming down. The “T” will be moved to Tully’s new headquarters on Western Avenue near Pike Place Market. Already critical of the mismanagement that’s been plaguing the troubled Tully’s company, Avenatti noted in a press release that swapping the “R” out for the “T” in the first place was “a mistake.”

“That part of the Seattle skyline has always truly belonged to the 'R,” said Avenatti, a lawyer from Los Angeles, calling its meaning “deep” and “historical.”
He later tweeted that the new owners were “Happy to do our part to bring back the "R”,“ adding the hashtag ”#makingitright.

Rainier Beer was launched in 1878, 35 years before Washington officially became a state, making it a legendary part of Northwest history. Rainier was purchased by Pabst Brewing Company in 1999. Rainier Beer is best symbolized by its iconic R sign, which was created in 1953 to be placed on top of the Rainier Brewery.


The Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889

The unusually good weather in the spring of 1889, proved disastrous for Seattle. Little rain and consistent temperatures in the 70s (F.), caused excessively the dry conditions, creating a giant tinderbox.  

On the afternoon of June 6, 1889, a young Swede from New York named John Back, an assistant in Victor Clairmont`s woodworking shop at Front Street (now First Avenue) and Madison Avenue, was heating glue over a gasoline fire. Sometime after 2:15, the glue boiled over, caught fire, and spread to the floors, which were covered by wood chips and turpentine. He tried to put the fire out with water, but that only served to thin the turpentine and spread the fire further. The fire department got there within 15 minutes, but by that time, it was hard to find the source of the fire, and by the time it was found, the conflagration was out of control.

The pyre quickly engulfed two saloons and a liquor store, fueled by large quantities of alcohol, the entire block from Madison to Marion was ablaze. Due to an inadequate water supply, insufficient equipment, and with hydrants located only on every other block, the fire continued to ravage Seattle. While Fire Chief Josiah Collins was at a fire-fighting convention in San Francisco, Mayor Robert Moran took command from acting Fire Chief James Murphy and ordered a firebreak to be established by blowing up the Colman block. Unfortunately for him and Seattle, the fire jumped the firebreak, and began to devour the wharves as well as everything up the hill toward Second Avenue.

In less than two hours it was realized that downtown Seattle was lost. So great was the inferno that the smoke plume could be seen more than 30 miles away, in Tacoma. Residents cleared out as much of their personal property as they could. Some were able to hire wagons to haul belongings onto ships before the ships moved out of the harbor away from the burning wharves. Trinity Church burned quickly as the fire reached Third Avenue. The fire jumped the street toward the three-story Courthouse. Not long afterward, the fire had reached Fourth and University. A handful of buildings, including the Courthouse were saved. Quick-witted Lawrence Booth climbed to the roof of the Courthouse and armed with buckets of water dowsed the sides of the building, saving the structure as well as all the public records and the jail within. Booth inspired bucket brigades to save the Boston Block and Jacob Levy`s house. Someone had thought to cover Henry Yesler`s house with wet blankets.

As the Fire Dragon was devouring ever-increasing amounts of the city, Moran commanded shacks be either torn down or exploded in the attempt to create another firebreak before it reached Yesler. In the face of all the heroic efforts, the fire crossed the gap, and consumed Skid Road in flames. Mayor Moran declared an 8:00 p.m. curfew that night and ordered all remaining saloons closed until further notice. The fire burned until 3:00 am. 

After all was said and done, the damage was unimaginable. 120 acres, 25 entire city blocks, had been destroyed, as was every wharf and mill from Union to Jackson streets. Although the loss of human life was nil, it was estimated that 1 million rats were killed. Thousands of people were homeless, and 5,000 men were without jobs. The city estimate of losses at more than $8 million, and that did not even include personal property losses or those of water and electrical services.

Seattle banded together, and at 11 a.m. on June 7, 600 businessmen met to discuss how to cope with the current situation and plan for the future. To combat looting, two hundred special deputies were sworn in and the town placed under martial law for two weeks. A relief committee was formed to handle the charitable donations that were being sent from all over the country. Tacoma, no longer a rival, but an ally in the time of need, raised $20,000 and sent up a relief committee to help. The armory was converted to a dining hall, so the displaced citizens would have a place to eat. Supplies from San Francisco (much of which had been ordered before the fire) arrived by June 18. Relief bureaus were able to close as quickly as June 20, as tent-restaurants had been set up quickly, and were able to meet people`s needs. Within a month of the fire more than 100 businesses were back in business, albeit out of tents. 

Seattle rebuilt from the ashes with astounding rapidity. The fire had done a fine job of cleansing the town of rats and other vermin; a new zoning code resulted in a downtown of brick, stone, and iron buildings, rather than wood. In the year after the fire, the city grew from 25,000 to 40,000 inhabitants, largely because of the enormous number of construction jobs suddenly created. Contrary to common sense, most businesses decided to rebuild where they had been. Wooden buildings were banned in the burned out district, to be replaced by brick, stone, and iron. At the same time, streets were raised up to 22 feet in places, helping to level the hilly city. Within a year, 465 buildings had been built, most of the reconstruction was complete, and the businesses had reopened. The fire also led to other changes for the city, the creation of a professional fire department, by October 1889; the city took control of the water supply, increasing the size of the pipes, eliminating wooden pipes, and added more hydrants. 

The fire, which could have spelled the end of the city, instead became just a brief setback, and led to many significant improvements.
There's kidnappings in Seattle Washington that has captured Sam and Dean's attention. And so the brothers look into the matter. Who/what is snatching people and leaving feathers? Something is wrong with Castiel....
By Organization for Transformative Works

This was my first true complied Supernatural fic I ever typed. Hope you enjoy it :) I do also have completed comic version as well. There’s drama and blood…but also a new life         

Rating: M

Relationship: Dean/Cas

“U.S. Marine Corps SGT. James “Eddie” Wright grips the honorary game ball for the 5th Annual Salute to the Armed Forces Night at Safeco Field, Seattle, WA. SGT. Wright is a bronze star recipient who lost both of his arms in combat.” 4/3/2007

Series: Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008.

Submitted anonymously to our Citizen Archivist Takeover.