Alpine and the Spanish flu | History Files

Series: Coronavirus | Story 110

Last updated 4/16/2020 at 9:45am

Author Mary Daheim sent me an email that her cousin Steve Shelley, who is also an author, sent her a message reminding her that during the Spanish flu in 1918-1919 Alpine, Washington, was the only town in King County where the quarantine did not apply.

First, I should probably talk about the Spanish flu. Spain took the fall because Spain was neutral in World War I, or the Great War as it was called then and for two decades after, and therefore didn’t try to hide that the country was suffering from a major epidemic.

Both the Allied and Central powers muzzled any news about the illness. So...

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