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Seattle: Gateway to the Northwest (1940)

This Traveltalk entry visits Seattle and other areas in the state of Washington. Seattle was a small city until the 1897 gold rush. During WWI, it served as a major shipping center for ... See full summary »
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This Traveltalk entry visits Seattle and other areas in the state of Washington. Seattle was a small city until the 1897 gold rush. During WWI, it served as a major shipping center for lumber that was transported through the Panama Canal to East Coast shipbuilders. We also visit a Weyerhaeuser lumber camp located between Longview and Tacoma, and the city of Everett, where lumber is used in the burgeoning aircraft industry. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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17 February 1940 (USA)  »

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6 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Seattle: Gateway to the North (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nice entry in MGM's TravelTalks series has James A. FitzPatrick traveling to Washington where he talks about its growing city Seattle. We start off by taking a look at Mount Rainier and then we learn a bit of history about how Seattle was just a small village with a thousand people or so living there until the 1897 Gold Rush had people storming the city since it was the closest port to Alaska. We also hear about the giant building boom after WWI, which helped the city grow. The other thing we look at are the beautiful trees in the state and we learn about how the logging industry works. Overall this is another good episode in the series as we get to hear some pretty good information about the city and of course there's the Technicolor that brings the images to life. The shots of the logging was certainly a highlight as were the scenes showing the incredibly blue waters.


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