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.
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Seattle has risen several times economically, then gone into precipitous decline, but it has typically used those periods to rebuild solid infrastructure.
The first such boom, covering the early years of the city, rode on the lumber industry.
The subsequent retrenchment led to the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the first general strike in the country.
A 1912 city development plan by Virgil Bogue went largely unused.
Seattle was mildly prosperous in the 1920s but was particularly hard hit in the Great Depression, experiencing some of the country's harshest labor strife in that era.