Apr 17, 2024 - History

This week in history: Loggers gone wild

Loggers sitting on a tree in an old Washington state photo.

Washington loggers pose for a portrait. Photo: Corbis via Getty Images

Here's a look at some of the April historical events in Washington, sourced from state history encyclopedia HistoryLink and media archives.

April 15, 1934: The Blue Moon Tavern in the University District opened its doors, which would welcome Theodore Roethke, Tom Robbins, members of the Weather Underground and (rumor has it) Allen Ginsberg and Thomas Pynchon.

  • On the bar's 70th birthday in 2004, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer described it as a "​​hangout for the literati and lowlifes."

April 15, 1854: Sawamish County, now known as Mason County, was established by the Washington Territorial Legislature. The county seat — on a claim belonging to a Baptist minister — was alcohol-free, so local loggers traveled two miles away to a floating saloon to get their kicks.

Fun fact: You may have heard "It's daylight in the swamp!" as a morning greeting, but Pacific Northwest loggers likely heard it first.

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