KIRO Newsradio historian Feliks Banel delivers his All Over The Map feature Friday mornings on Seattle's Morning News

All Over The Map

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Cap Hill, Sodo, T-Town and the ‘Frisco Effect’

Certain Northwest cities and neighborhoods have nicknames that evoke strong feelings but none as strong as the “Frisco Effect” in the city by the bay.
16 days ago
P-I Globe...
Feliks Banel

In a world where the P-I globe is preserved and restored

Like the actual globe we all live on, the P-I globe has seen better times. It used to be illuminated with dozens of linear feet of neon tubes.
30 days ago
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Community effort to preserve Steilacoom Depot gaining steam

In the Pierce County community of Steilacoom, an effort to preserve the historic railroad depot there is once again gaining steam.
1 month ago
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Old hangar mystery reveals layers of Northwest aviation history

From San Diego to Seattle to Port Townsend, a non-descript sheet metal building might be the oldest, most historic – and most well-traveled – hangar
1 month ago
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History of ‘Space City’ — ‘Goin’ Back to Houston, Houston, Houston’

After what happened to the Mariners in Houston Tuesday and Thursday, it’s a place most people would probably rather forget.
2 months ago
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British Columbians divided over loyalties to Mariners or Blue Jays

The Blue Jays may call Toronto home, but they also have a lot of fans out west in Vancouver and in other parts of British Columbia.
2 months ago
Skaters roll past the "ALL SKATE" sign at Pattison's West on Thursday morning. (Feliks Banel/KIRO N...
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All Over The Map: Beloved Federal Way roller-skating rink saved by local non-profit

The big building housing a beloved roller-skating rink in Federal Way has just been purchased by a new owner - and it has a happy ending.
2 months ago
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All Over The Map: It’s STILL not pronounced ‘ORE-uh-GONE’

You would think by now that those distant East Coast media types in plush studios atop their ivory towers would know how to pronounce the name of the state south of the Columbia River.
2 months ago
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All Over The Map: Volcano’s ‘landscape starting to give back what it covered up in the 80s’

When Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, 57 people died and dozens of square miles of the landscape were covered with ash and pumice. Now, more than 42 years later, the Forest Service says some long-lost artifacts from the blast are starting to turn up.
3 months ago
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All Over The Map: Mysterious handprints and footprints in ancient lava

Mysterious footprints and handprints in an ancient lava bed in southwest Washington near Mount Adams have inspired Indigenous origin stories for millennia and confounded settlers for more than a century.
3 months ago
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All Over The Map: How were Lincoln, Mason and Okanogan counties named?

“County Countdown” – a series about the place-name origins of Washington counties and county seats – Lincoln, Mason, and Okanogan counties.
3 months ago
Cars line up alongside the back of the main screen at the Rodeo Drive-In near Bremerton. (Feliks Ba...
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All Over The Map: Plan a summer road trip to Washington’s historic drive-ins

With the Seahawks midway through the preseason and the Mariners continuing to tantalize with visions of a wildcard berth, there’s still time for a summer road trip to one of the five historic drive-in movie theatres still operating in the Evergreen State.
4 months ago
Fred McFalls (right) and Ben Bryson are considered the heart of the bluegrass community that once t...
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All Over The Map: Bluegrass festival in Toledo echoes with Northwest history

In Toledo, Washington, it’s time once again for the Mount Saint Helens Bluegrass Festival. Toledo is in Lewis County on the way to Washington’s most famous volcano. The town is named for an old steamboat that once plied the Cowlitz River, and it’s near where the “Cowlitz Convention” was held 1851 – when settlers north […]
4 months ago
Fred Beckey's three-volume "Cascade Alpine Guide" is a Northwest climber's bible. (Via Ebay)...
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All Over The Map: ‘Old and bold’ climber and author Fred Beckey

Fred Beckey passed away five years ago at age 94 and he was climbing right to the end. He was much celebrated while he was alive
4 months ago
Marines burning an "enemy" shed at what's now Magnuson Park on August 3, 1952 as part of a dramatic...
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All Over The Map: Submarine, fighter planes and Marines attacked what’s now Magnuson Park

It was 70 years ago this week when a sleepy neighborhood along Lake Washington in Seattle became ground zero for a show-stopping Cold War military exercise.
4 months ago
The page for Seattle, as seen in the "Exploring Puget Sound & British Columbia" marine atlas, inclu...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: 1970s nautical atlas still a Northwest gem

Back in the 1970s, a young couple compiled a unique marine atlas of Northwest waters. The book is still in print, and it still stands out from similar navigation books published over the years for recreational boaters in Washington and British Columbia.
4 months ago
Market House Corned Beef has been at its original location on Howell at Minor since 1948. (Feliks B...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Sink your teeth into history at Market House Corned Beef

A downtown Seattle business has been selling corned beef and other cured meats from the same location for nearly 75 years.
5 months ago
Historic American Buildings Survey photo of the smokestack and boiler/laundry building at Providenc...
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All Over The Map: Iconic smokestack will be demolished in August

An ornate smokestack just north of the Columbia River is slated to be demolished in August.
5 months ago
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All Over The Map: State agrees to rename Harney Channel in the San Juan Islands

A group of residents of the San Juan Islands believe the time has come to rename a stretch of saltwater known as Harney Channel.
5 months ago
Auto dealer Glen Grant was a ubiquitous presence on local TV in the 1980s - "See me today at Glen G...
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All Over The Map: Local slogans and jingles are ‘audio landmarks’

The little Elephant Car Wash sign may be made an official city landmark next week – but some local businesses that didn’t have neon had memorable jingles and slogans instead, and many endure as “audio landmarks.”
5 months ago
The old piece of lumber which caught Brian Dirks' eye on Easton Ridge. (Courtesy Brian Dirks)...
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All Over The Map: Searching for Washington’s lost Airway Beacons

If you know where to look a hike in the Cascades goes right past the remnants of a once sprawling nationwide network of transportation infrastructure.
5 months ago
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All Over The Map: This airstrip is half in Washington, half in Canada

The next time you’re approaching the international border, imagine for a moment you were bouncing along a gravel runway across the 49th parallel at the controls of your Cessna.
6 months ago
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All Over The Map: Gold Mines, Old Forts and other Northwest history mapped by Oregon man

An Oregon service station owner loved old maps so much, he launched a family business that’s still going strong more than 50 years later.
6 months ago
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All Over The Map: The Mystery of the Phantom Canal

More than 120 years ago – long before the Ballard Locks changed the shape of Seattle’s future – an ambitious entrepreneur dug a canal from Elliott Bay to Beacon Hill in an attempt to connect Puget Sound and Lake Washington  . . . or DID he?!?! Cue the “Unsolved Mysteries” music and alert Robert Stack […]
6 months ago