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Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel
Feliks Banel is a producer, host, and historian for KIRO Radio.

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Stanley Cup
Seattle’s forgotten Stanley Cup Championship
Feliks Banel | March 24, 2017 8:33 am
Festivities will mark the centennial of one of the most auspicious events in Seattle sports history. And it has nothing to do with the Seahawks…
Civic Arena, Seattle Center, Seattle
Ornate hidden past of Seattle Center’s ‘orphan’ arena quietly being demolished
Feliks Banel | March 22, 2017 6:43 am
What’s hidden behind the brick wall of the 'orphan' arena in Seattle Center quietly being demolished? Nobody seems to know for sure.
Mutual Light & Heat, Seattle company
Sidewalk artifact is relic of forgotten Seattle company
Feliks Banel | March 19, 2017 10:12 am
Thousands of people walk over the more than 110-year-old manhole cover between Second and Third avenues that is a reminder of a forgotten Seattle company.
St. Patrick Cemetery
St. Patrick Cemetery: Little patch of Ireland on the edge of the Kent Valley
Feliks Banel | March 17, 2017 5:44 am
Seattle historian Feliks Banel discovers a green gem from Ireland in the heart of the Kent Valley -- the St. Patrick Cemetery.
Civil War General George McClellan failed in the Cascades
Feliks Banel | March 15, 2017 8:03 am
155 years ago this week – George McClellan was demoted by President Abraham Lincoln; McClellan had failed before in the Cascades.
The Seattle Gas Company plant on north Lake Union (now Gas Works Park), as it looked in 1935.  It was almost named for a city councilmember until her family objected. (Courtesy of MOHAI)
Family’s objections responsible for naming Gas Works Park
Feliks Banel | March 12, 2017 1:00 pm
The possibility of 'hooliganism' played a role in Gas Works Park getting its name, according to Rich Haag, arguably the most influential living landscape architect…
Burke Gilman
People Power created Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Trail
Feliks Banel | March 8, 2017 6:10 am
With the route for the final “missing link” to the Burke-Gilman Trail announced last month, it’s worth looking back nearly 50 years at how a…
Saving collection led to naming of Douglass-Truth Library
Feliks Banel | March 4, 2017 6:13 am
A branch of the Seattle Public Library is named after two African-American icons who never set foot in the Pacific Northwest. The Douglass-Truth Library is…
Remembering the ghost towns of Seattle baseball
Feliks Banel | March 1, 2017 6:31 am
For years, the Mariners have set up shop in Peoria, Arizona. But go back 90 years or so, and spring training for Seattle’s pro baseball…
The Seattle street named for two Roosevelts
Feliks Banel | February 27, 2017 5:08 am
Seattle historian Feliks Banel explains how a busy thoroughfare in North Seattle came to be named for Roosevelt ... twice.