not extend to operating a commercial ferry open to the public on
a lake. The Courtney brothers are appealing the decision to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Cal Anderson Park, Seattle
3Originally named Lincoln Park for the attached reservoir (built in response to the Great Seattle Fire of 1889), this unny green space in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was also known as Broadway Park before being designated Cal Anderson Park in 2003, after Washington’s first openly
gay state legislator.
One of Anderson’s priorities was extending the state civil
rights law to include gays and lesbians; he also fought for low-income housing and gun control legislation. Today, this popular
urban park features a striking mountain-shaped water fountain
feeding a shallow texture pool, a wading pool, a walking path,
caged tennis courts, and basketball and dodgeball courts.
4Washington state was a World War II workhorse, and even the most superficial history buff can find key places where the efforts of Washingtonians helped bring about victory. One of those places is the Hanford Site, a nuclear
production facility where, starting in 1943, men and women
worked to produce weapons-grade plutonium for the U. S. atomic
and nuclear arsenal. Today, the site requires environmental
cleanup, but the curious and brave can schedule a visit and tour a
fair amount of the grounds. The Tri-Cities are downstream from
the site on the Columbia, at the bottom of the only remaining
free-flowing part of the river, and have embraced the “atomic”
aspect of their reputation.
The Washington Attorney General’s Office has historically played a major role in enforcing the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), the detailed schedule for the U.S. Department of
Energy to clean up the site. In 2008, in Washington v. Chu,
Washington sued the federal government for missing TPA
milestones. The suit was settled in 2010 with new milestones
defined and amendments to the TPA. The site has remained a
hotspot of controversy with failed storage tanks, sick workers,
and looming deadlines.
Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort
5Every good-sized town or small city in Washington has a “local hill,” and Wenatchee has Mission Ridge, which also features some WWII history. On Sept. 30, 1944, while on a training mission from Walla Walla, the crew of a B- 24
“Liberator” Bomber found themselves off course. In heavy fog
Washington is full of legal history — often in its most scenic spots. Your summer vacation destination may very well be the site of a contentious lawsuit, a historic battle, or a centu-ries-old settlement. How many of these legally historic places have you visited?
1Less than 90 minutes north of Seattle, Camano Island is a quick getaway from the city that feels much further. The bu- colic landscape and Puget Sound views are reminiscent of Orcas and San Juan islands — without the ferry ride. Visit
Camano Island State Park and Cama Beach State Park, just a few
miles down the road. Cabins and campsites are available at both
parks, which also both provide beach access.
Camano Island’s most infamous native son is Colton
Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit,” who led authorities on
a two-year international manhunt that ended with his arrest
in 2010. Harris-Moore, now 23, was charged with the thefts
of a small aircraft, a boat, and two cars, and in the burglar-ies of at least 100 private residences throughout the Pacific
Northwest and Canada. He fled to the Bahamas, where he was
arrested and eventually returned to Washington. In 2011, he
was sentenced in Island County Superior Court to more than
seven years in prison for dozens of charges brought against
him by three different counties.
2A summer paradise for sun-seekers, Lake Chelan is a nar- row, 55-mile lake in Chelan County tipped on its south- eastern end by the City of Chelan, a resort town of 4,000. A popular tourist destination in the warmer months,
Chelan is about three hours from both Spokane and Seattle. The
nearby town of Stehekin, on the northern portion of the lake, is
accessible only by ferry, floatplane, or on foot. The Lake Chelan
Boat Co. has had the exclusive right to provide ferry service on
Lake Chelan since 1929.
Jim and Cliff Courtney, two brothers seeking to establish a
competing ferry service, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in
Spokane. They alleged that a Washington law violated the 14th
Amendment, which, they argued, protected their right to use the
navigable waters of the United States. Federal Judge Thomas
Rice dismissed the case in April 2012. The 9th U. S. Circuit Court
of Appeals upheld the decision in December 2013, holding that,
even if the right to use navigable waters did exist, that right did
Contributors: Allison Peryea,
Douglas Pierce, and Stephanie Perry
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