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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.

Stationed outside Seattle, the Hooverville housed thousands of men but very very few children and no women.

(During this period the road now known as Yesler Way won the nickname "Skid Road", supposedly after the timber skidding down the hill to Henry Yesler's sawmill.

The later dereliction of the area may be a possible origin for the term which later entered the wider American lexicon as Skid Row.) Authorities declared martial law and federal troops arrived to put down the disorder.

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.

Growth after World War II was partially due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing.

Seattle’s eastern farm land faded due to Oregon’s and the Midwest’s, forcing people into town.