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The people who live there call it The Emerald City. A sea level city built on a series of hills, surrounded by water and nestled in great natural beauty. Seattle is located in west central Washington between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. To the west are the mountains of Olympic National Park; to the east, the Cascade Range which includes Mount Rainier. Scenic urban parks and picturesque boulevards ring the city. There are three large lakes within the city boundaries. Two floating bridges connect Seattle with the east side of Lake Washington. A state ferry system connects the city with the Kitsap Peninsula and the islands in Puget Sound, and commercial ferries link the city to Victoria, British Columbia, and San Juan Islands. And tales of Seattle’s continuous rain are more fiction than fact; the city’s average rainfall is less than that of many East Coast cities. Seattle’s multicultrual population is estimated at nearly 530,000. The metropolitan population is more than 3,200,000.

Seattle is an important Pacific Coast seaport--U.S. gateway for trade with Asia--and also the major northwest center of commerce and manufacturing. Leading manufactures are aircraft and aerospace equipment and products related to biotechnology. Seattle’s economy is impacted by computer software, commercial fishing, shipyards, canneries, and tourism. The area is served by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, major railroads, and a modern highway system.

Points of interest include the Pike Place Market and the Pioneer Square nightlife downtown; the Nippon Kan Theater, a national historic landmark; the Museum of History and Industry and the Henry Art Gallery; the zoo and aquarium; Discovery Park, site of the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Education Center; the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Repertory Theatre Company, Center Playhouse, and the Space Needle with its revolving restaurant and observation deck 600 feet above the city. For sports fans, the city offers the Mariners major league baseball club, the Seahawks NFL football team, and the Supersonics NBA basketball team.

The area was occupied by Native Americans long before it was settled in 1851 on the present-day site of downtown. The city was named for Chief Sealth of the Suquamish people who befriended the settlers. Rich timber resources attracted pioneer Henry Yesler who built the area’s first steam-powered sawmill in 1853. Transcontinental railroads and canals stimulated rapid growth. In 1990 this city hosted the Goodwill Games. In 1993 it was the site of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) annual meeting of ministers.


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