The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border.
A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015 The settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, after Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes.
The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival, which increased the city's population by almost 50,000 between 19. From 1918 to 1951, nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs existed along Jackson Street, from the current Chinatown/ International District, to the Central District.
The jazz scene developed the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and others.
The Seattle area developed as a technology center beginning in the 1980s, with companies like Microsoft becoming established in the region.
In 1994, Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle.
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At that time, I never realized that the long gone interurban overpass bridge had been known as the Pershing Bridge.
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I lived about a mile from where the Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway used to cross on an overpass bridge over old US 99 at North 155th Street.
By my time, the interurban railway had already been abandoned for 20 years and only the grade was still partially evident and used mainly as a power line corridor.