The database includes 281 images, mostly photographs, taken by William Delbert Barkhuff during the 1890s. W. D. Barkhuff enrolled at Washington State University on the opening day in 1892 and was the first editor of the college paper, then called the College Record. He would normally have graduated with the first class, but he stayed out of school one year to earn money, and subsequently graduated with the Class of 1898. Mr. Barkhuff was born at Fayette, Iowa, June 10, 1873, and came west with his parents in 1875. They located at what was then Leitchville (since abandoned) seven miles west of Colton, Washington. After he graduated, he was an engineer with the Northern Pacific Railroad in establishing what was known as the Auburn Cut-off that made Seattle rather than Tacoma its terminus. Later he was City Engineer for Everett; construction engineer with the Union Pacific and the Spokane International for which he was in charge of constructing some 30 miles of railroad outside of Dawson City, Alaska; district engineer in Seattle; Superintendent of Streets and Sewers for Seattle; and finally (about 1921) City Engineer for Seattle under three different mayors. In 1930 he was killed in an automobile accident while on his way to Camano Island.
Searching the Database:
Entering search terms in the box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view the larger image and its corresponding description, double click on the thumbnail. Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click.
Creating the Database:
Trevor Bond oversaw the project and provided subject and genre terms. Michael Walpole scanned original photographic prints as 300 dpi TIFF files on a Microteck 9600XL scanner and then added 72 dpi JPEG files to the CONTENTdm database. Al Cornish provided technical support for CONTENTdm and aided Michael Walpole and Trevor Bond in the site's design.