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35 Years Ago in Seattle

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Summer Fest Celebrates its 35th Year since 1982

Maya David

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The West Seattle Junction is celebrating its 35th year of Summer Fest this weekend! The celebration has expanded greatly from its humble beginnings as a merchant side walk sale in 1982 to a three-day extravaganza filled with shopping, live music, dining, beer gardens, and family fun. Reflecting upon its first year in existence, let’s look at some facts from pre-Amazon Seattle in 1982.

  • The average price for a single-family home in King County was around $82,000.
  • Columbia Center officially “breaks ground” on construction, becoming the tallest building in Seattle.
  • The Seattle Seahawks experience a shortened season in their 7th year due to the NFL players 57-day strike; demanding members receive a higher portion of the league’s gross revenue.
  • The George Benson Waterfront Street Car Line begins operating two reclaimed Australian street cars along the Elliot Bay waterfront between Pier 70 and Main Street.
  • Body of Wendy Coffield, the first victim of the infamous Green River Killer, is found in the Green River near Seattle.
  • Minimum wage in the State of Washington is $2.30 an hour, lower than the federal minimum wage of $3.35 an hour.
  • The Space Needle holds its first annual New Year’s Eve Celebration.
  • The 5th Starbucks location is opened in the University District at 4555 University Way NE.
  • The average household income in King County was $24,300 per year.