The beauty and strength of glaciers are on full display at Mount Rainier National Park, the United States’ fifth national park, which opened to the public in 1899. Before European explorers came, Native American communities had worshiped the peak for generations. It was protected in the late nineteenth century because its natural beauty captivated conservationists.
Seattle, Washington, is famous for its seafood and its marine history. The city’s closeness to the Pacific Ocean and several canals has shaped its culinary identity since it was settled by indigenous tribes. Seafood has played an important role in shaping Seattle’s history and identity, from the Native American practice of salmon canning through the city’s booming fishing industry in the 19th century.
The Grand Coulee Dam is a landmark engineering achievement that changed the face of the American landscape and had far-reaching effects on the country’s economy and way of life. A book that delves into the history of this magnificent structure and the changes it ushered in is a fascinating voyage through the evolution of infrastructure and creativity.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster In the annals of civil engineering, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster, or “Galloping Gertie,” stands out as both a remarkable and sad occurrence. On November 7, 1940, only four months after its official opening, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state fell owing to aerodynamic forces. Aeroelastic flutter, in which the …