Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | August 28, 2013

Celebrating Labor Day across the state

Labor Day is coming up (next Monday!), so I thought I’d search the historical photographs in Washington Rural Heritage for some Labor Day celebrations. I found some interesting photos — all from Labor Day celebrations on the other side of the Cascades — and thought all you blog followers might want to take a look too.

Here’s a picture of “future miners for coal power” in Roslyn (near Cle Elum), on a Labor Day parade float in the 1950s:

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And a picture from the Ellensburg Labor Day rodeo in the 1920s:

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There are many more fascinating photographs on the Washington Rural Heritage site, including almost 700 from Skagit County.

So, blog followers, what are you doing to celebrate Labor Day?  Let us know!  We will be closed on Labor Day itself, but will be open again on Tuesday, September 3rd, and would love to hear what you did with your long weekend.

-Jane

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