NORTHWEST HISTORIAN HEARD ON SEATTLE'S MORNING NEWS

Feliks Banel

The ash cloud from Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 brought darkness to Eastern Washington; this ph...
Feliks Banel

Local music legend Chris Ballew’s bizarre story of surviving the eruption of Mount St. Helens

Forced off the freeway, they turned around and headed toward Spokane – battling falling ash, blizzard-like visibility, and fear of the unknown.
2 days ago
A view across Carlisle Lake of the Onalaska Smokestack, which was built in the 1920s. (Onalaska All...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Searching for Washington’s historic smokestacks

The recent addition to the Heritage Register is an artifact of an old mill that closed 80 years ago. It's called the “Carlisle Lumber Company Smokestack.”
7 days ago
A portion of Washington state's 1909 abortion law, which was in effect until Referendum 20 passed i...
Feliks Banel

History of abortion laws and politics in the Evergreen State

Washington voters have twice approved pro-choice ballot measures in the past – including a few years before Roe v. Wade, and again in 1991.
9 days ago
VE Day...
Feliks Banel

How Seattleites observed VE Day in 1945

When VE Day – marking Allied “victory in Europe” – came to Seattle on Tuesday, May 8, 1945, the sidewalks weren’t jammed with jubilant sailors kissing nurses, and no confetti rained down on the streets. While London and other European capitals had much to celebrate in this fashion 77 years ago this week, the appropriate […]
12 days ago
Vintage map of the Pacific Northwest, annotated to indicated the "Big Bend" of the Columbia River i...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: In search of Washington’s ‘Big Bend Country’

You may have already visited the Evergreen State’s “Big Bend Country” without even knowing you were there.
14 days ago
The Harvester King was one of two vessels converted into car ferries for the initial phase of servi...
Feliks Banel

Will Anacortes-Sidney ferry return with belated centennial celebration?

The Anacortes to Sidney ferry – which connects Washington and Vancouver Island – has been shut down for more than two years because of the pandemic.
16 days ago
Old sidewalks and other artifacts from the wartime housing development Salishan still remain in Swa...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Explore layers of history at Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park

If you visit Swan Creek Park in Tacoma, you’re likely to stumble across some surprising artifacts, some dating to World War II.
21 days ago
The Seattle Yacht Club's "mainstation" on Portage Bay was built in 1920. (Feliks Banel/KIRO Newsrad...
Feliks Banel

Opening Day of Boating Season is one of the Seattle area’s oldest traditions

The Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day of Boating Season may be the closest the Pacific Northwest comes to having an annual tradition along the same lines as the All England Club or Churchill Downs.
23 days ago
Israel Road in Olympia is named for William C. Israel. Place-name research conducted by Legacy Wash...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Place-name contest encourages students to explore community history

Attention teachers and kids in all 39 counties: the Washington Secretary of State’s office has launched a new place name contest. Entries are due by Sunday, May 15.
28 days ago
Seattle World's Fair...
Feliks Banel

Theme songs, earworms, and a clunker or two from the Seattle World’s Fair

The Seattle World's Fair was a six-month long party – the “Mercer Street Carnival” some pundits called – but carnivals and parties need music.
30 days ago
Tacoma waterways...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Hidden history in names of Tacoma’s waterways

In Tacoma’s Commencement Bay, the names applied to industrial waterways reveal a dizzying number of layers of Northwest history.
1 month ago
Shores Bowl...
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Shores Bowl to become latest Western Washington bowling alley to close its doors

The latest bad news about a Western Washington bowling alley comes to us from Shores Bowl located in Grays Harbor County.
1 month ago
Tech City Bowl...
Feliks Banel

Kirkland’s Tech City Bowl – aka Totem Bowl – closing after 64 years

After more than six decades in business on the Eastside, Tech City Bowl on Rose Hill will shut down permanently later this year.
1 month ago
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Feliks Banel

Don’t be cruel: Share your Elvis and other Seattle World’s Fair memories!

The 60th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair is almost here. KIRO Newsradio is marking the occasion with a series of programs and stories called SPIRIT OF ’62.
1 month ago
Derogatory names...
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All Over The Map: ‘Placeholders’ may temporarily replace derogatory names in Washington

A new federal order calls for the rapid removal of a specific derogatory place name from all 50 states, including 18 spots in Washington.
1 month ago
The around-the-world flight logo on the side of “SEATTLE II.” (Feliks Banel/KIRO Newsradio)...
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Douglas World Cruiser replica will celebrate Seattle’s role in around-the-world flight

To mark the 99th anniversary of a first-of-its-kind around the world flight, a local man is planning a re-creation in a replica plane he built himself.
1 month ago
Space Needle April Fool's Day...
Feliks Banel

When ‘Almost Live!’ knocked down the Space Needle for April Fool’s Day

A look back at the story of the April Fool’s 1989 Space Needle collapse hoax, as told in “Almost Live!” host John Keister’s own words.
2 months ago
Seattle Snitter...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: The mysterious origins of the Seattle ‘Snitter’

A Danish pastry shop in Seattle may be the only place in the world where you can buy a “Snitter.” But where and how did it originate?
2 months ago
Indigenous Voices podcast...
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New ‘Indigenous Voices’ podcast connects Northwest’s people, land, and history

A new podcast from the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is all about Northwest stories told by Indigenous voices.
2 months ago
Seattle Fair, Spirit of '62...
Feliks Banel

Where were you in ’62?: We want your Seattle World’s Fair Memories!

KIRO Newsradio and MyNorthwest are marking the 60th anniversary of Seattle World's Fair throughout 2022 as part of a project called Spirit of ’62.
2 months ago
area codes, 206...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: When all of Washington became ‘The 206’

Some might call Seattle “The 206," but there was a time before area codes when reaching out meant dialing a lot fewer numbers. And then a lot more numbers.
2 months ago
restaurant grant...
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Nominate your favorite ‘historic restaurant’ to receive a $40K grant

Through a competitive grant-making process, the National Trust will award $40,000 grants to 25 restaurants around the United States.
2 months ago
Abbreviations for Washington range (clockwise from upper left) from "W.T" for Washington Territory ...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: An abbreviated history of abbreviations for Washington

Sure, everybody knows nowadays to “Say WA,” but the convoluted history of abbreviations for the Evergreen State demands a full accounting.
2 months ago
Victoria, Vancouver Island...
Feliks Banel

When Vancouver Island prepared for a Russian attack

On at least one occasion, a distant crisis had the Royal Navy and citizens of Victoria preparing for Russian aggression directed at Vancouver Island.
2 months ago