By Tim Lambert

1851 Seattle is founded

1869 Seattle is incorporated

1870 Seattle has a population of just over 1,000

1878 A hospital is built in Seattle

1889 Seattle is severely damaged by a fire

1890 Seattle has a population of over 42,000. The town is booming.

1891 Seattle University is founded

1892 The Pioneer Building is built

1890 Seattle has a population of over 80,000

1899 Woodland Park Zoo opens

1907 Pike Place Market is established

1914 Smith Tower opens

1916 William Boeing founds an aircraft manufacturing company

1920 Seattle has a population of over 315,000

1924 Fairmont Olympic Hotel is built

1926 Bertha Knight Landes becomes the first woman mayor of Seattle

1933 Seattle Art Museum opens

1870 Seattle has a population of over 467,000

1962 Seattle hosts the World's Fair

1965 Seattle Museum of Flight opens

1971 Occidental Park is laid out

1975 Gas Works Park opens

1976 Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park opens. Freeway Park opens.

1977 Seattle Aquarium opens

1985 The Columbia Center is built

1988 Westlake Center opens

1998 The Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center opens. Benaroya Hall opens. Pacific Place Shopping Center opens.

2000 The Experience Music Project opens

2004 Central Library is built

2007 The Olympic Sculpture Park opens

2010 Seattle has a population of 608,000

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