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.
The Seattle area developed into a technology center beginning in the 1980s, with companies like Microsoft becoming established in the region.
Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle in 1994.
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.