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In a short time, Seattle became a major transportation center. Along with Seattle, other cities like Everett, Tacoma, Port Townsend, Bremerton, and Olympia, all in the Puget Sound region, became competitors for exchange, rather than mother lodes for extraction, of precious metals.

The boom lasted well into the early part of the 20th century, and funded many new Seattle companies and products. Casey borrowed 0 from a friend and founded the American Messenger Company (later UPS).

The Great Depression in Seattle affected many minority groups, one being the Asian Pacific Americans; they were subject to racism, loss of property, and failed claims of unemployment due to citizenship status.

The workers, mostly men, built roads, parks, dams, schools, railroads, bridges, docks, and even historical and archival record sites and buildings.

A movement by women arose from Seattle during the Depression.

Fueled by Eleanor Roosevelt’s book It’s Up to the Women, women pushed for recognition, not just as housewives, but as the backbone to family.

Logging was Seattle's first major industry, but by the late 19th century, the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush.

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Seattle’s University of Washington was greatly affected during the Depression era.Stationed outside Seattle, the Hooverville housed thousands of men but very very few children and no women.With work projects close to the city, Hooverville grew and the WPA settled into the city.The subsequent retrenchment led to the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the first general strike in the country.A 1912 city development plan by Virgil Bogue went largely unused.