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Stationed outside Seattle, the Hooverville housed thousands of men but very very few children and no women.With work projects close to the city, Hooverville grew and the WPA settled into the city.

The second and most dramatic boom resulted from the Klondike Gold Rush, which ended the depression that had begun with the Panic of 1893. Portland docked with its famed "ton of gold", and Seattle became the main transport and supply point for the miners in Alaska and the Yukon. However, it was Seattle's business of clothing the miners and feeding them salmon that panned out in the long run.Seattle is also the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix, as well as the bands Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters and the alternative rock movement grunge. Charles Terry and John Low remained at the original landing location and reestablished their old land claim and called it "New York", but renamed "New York Alki" in April 1853, from a Chinook word meaning, roughly, "by and by" or "someday".The name "Seattle" appears on official Washington Territory papers dated May 23, 1853, when the first plats for the village were filed.In 1855, nominal land settlements were established.On January 14, 1865, the Legislature of Territorial Washington incorporated the Town of Seattle with a board of trustees managing the city.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.

Other Seattle companies founded during this period include Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer.

A shipbuilding boom in the early part of the 20th century became massive during World War I, making Seattle somewhat of a company town.

However, Seattle faced massive unemployment, loss of lumber and construction industries as Los Angeles prevailed as the bigger West Coast city.

Seattle had building contracts that rivaled New York City and Chicago, but lost to LA as well.

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.