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Southeast Seattle: Tilling the fertile Rainier Valley east of Beacon Hill, Southeast Seattle's farmers, including many Japanese and Italian immigrants, supplied much of the growing city's produce prior to World War II. The area's residential and commercial development was launched with construction of the Seattle-Renton interurban railway in the 1890s, which established Columbia City (now a historic district) and Rainier Beach. John C. Olmsted designed scenic Lake Washington Boulevard and Seward Park, which was acquired by Seattle in 1911. The latter's adjoining neighborhoods attracted many Jewish residents who help to make up the nation's fourth largest Sephardic community.

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5 Columbia Library
17 NewHolly Library
20 Rainier Beach Library

17 Rainier Valley Historical Museum