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Feliks Banel

Willamette Stone...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Willamette Stone is the DNA of all Northwest real estate

The DNA of all private and public land ownership in Washington and Oregon can be traced back 170 years to a monument west of Portland known as the Willamette Stone.
3 months ago
peace arch...
Feliks Banel

Couples and families celebrate Peace Arch centennial in unexpected ways

Whenever the US/Canadian border reopens, standing watch over the international crossing on that day, as it has for almost a century, will be the Peace Arch.
3 months ago
green book...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: ‘Green Book’ guided Black motorists to friendly businesses in the Evergreen State

A local heritage group is exploring the hidden history and impacts of the “Green Book” – the mid-20th century travel guide for Black motorists.
3 months ago
Indigenous schools, graves...
Feliks Banel

Indigenous families in Canada, US traumatized by discoveries of graves at schools

Discoveries of unmarked graves for Indigenous children in British Columbia and parts of Canada brought new scrutiny to reports of missing and abused kids.
3 months ago
national archives...
Feliks Banel

All Over the Map: Lawmakers move to protect National Archives and promise to find funding

A bipartisan group in Congress introduced a new bill this week that would change the law that nearly led to the sale of Seattle's National Archives.
3 months ago
Brakeman Bill...
Feliks Banel

Legendary local TV host Brakeman Bill still chuggin’ along in his 90s

With unfounded rumors swirling on social media, we caught up with Brakeman Bill, who’s still chuggin’ along well into his nineties.
3 months ago
Idaho Spud...
Feliks Banel

All Over the Map: There’s no potato in regional favorite Idaho Spud candy bar

Efforts to expand Idaho have made some wonder what effect this drastic change might have on life in the Northwest. And what about the Idaho Spud candy bar?
4 months ago
Seattle roadside artifact...
Feliks Banel

Roadside artifact in downtown Seattle now up for sale

A forgotten roadside landmark sits in what’s now a parking lot along Denny Way at 7th Avenue and Dexter. But where did it come from?
4 months ago
The Blue Star Memorial Highway monument along southbound SR-99 just north of Woodland Park Zoo. (Fe...
Feliks Banel

Seattle’s roadside artifacts whisper of phantom highways

Complaints about transportation around Seattle are nothing new, dating back to the earliest settlers in the Puget Sound area.
4 months ago
The 1886 headstone was discovered in 2020 near Bonney Lake. (Courtesy Shane Riley)...
Feliks Banel

Mysterious headstone found near Bonney Lake finally reunited with family

At a ceremony in Buckley on Saturday, the recently discovered 1886 headstone of seven-year-old Daisey Kirtley was reunited with her family.
4 months ago
The mysterious headstone of Daisey Kirtley, found recently in the woods near Bonney Lake by Dustin ...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Unearthing the secrets behind a mysterious Pierce County headstone

A mysterious headstone from the 1880s which was found recently in Pierce County is the focus of a special reunion ceremony on Saturday in Buckley.
4 months ago
Judge George Boldt...
Feliks Banel

Remembering the Washington judge famous for his ‘monumental’ 1974 decision

Sometimes lost in the history of the Boldt Decision is the story of Judge Boldt himself. But a recent donation of artifacts sheds new light.
4 months ago
Johnny's seasoning salt...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Johnny’s Seasoning Salt still shaking in the Northwest

Johnny’s Restaurant in Fife will not be reopening post-pandemic. But, not to worry, the world-famous Johnny’s Seasoning Salt is here to stay. 
4 months ago
iconic image, 1958...
Feliks Banel

Seattle’s most iconic image ‘just did the job’

A 1958 photo of a group of children in swimsuits on the shore of a polluted Lake Washington might be one of the most iconic images in Northwest history.
4 months ago
Canucks...
Feliks Banel

Release the Canucks: Remembering Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot of June 2011

Ten years ago the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. The riot that followed left injuries and damage in its wake.
4 months ago
Wilkes campsite...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: ‘Wilkes Campsite’ distant evidence of Northwest explorer

The Wilkes Expedition changed the Northwest in 1841, but the only place the explorers left evidence of their travels was miles away, on top of a volcano.
4 months ago
Meeker, Oxmobile...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Help find the missing Oxmobile

The Oxmobile was a remarkable artifact of a remarkable Washingtonian, and it went to a museum created by Henry Ford in the 1930s. But now it's missing.
5 months ago
Northgate Elementary...
Feliks Banel

Northgate Elementary demolition poses questions of preservation versus equity

Neighbors and alumni are organizing to stop the demolition of Northgate Elementary, which they say will also eliminate a popular community playfield.
5 months ago
Aerial photo of Kellogg Island, circa 1937. (Matt McCauley)...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Mystery of Kellogg Island solved by local historian

The namesake of Kellogg Island has long been a mystery, until recently, when a local historian finally uncovered the truth behind the island.
5 months ago
The volunteers who made the monument dedication possible, along with guests who attended the event ...
Feliks Banel

Monument in Cascade foothills honors long-missing aviators

It’s not quite the final chapter, but the story of two lost Navy aviators reached a significant milestone just in time for Memorial Day.
5 months ago
Skagit City...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: The phantom riverside community of Skagit City

Skagit City was described in 1906 as the “the oldest settlement and business point on the Skagit River.” Now, there's little left of the once-proud town.
5 months ago
Seattle Center, Worlds Fair...
Feliks Banel

Can World’s Fair 60th anniversary be a symbol of Seattle’s post-pandemic rebirth?

KIRO Radio convened a group of surviving World’s Fair staffers to talk about what the "Diamond Anniversary" for the Century 21 fair might look like.
5 months ago
Puget Sound axe...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: The axe that almost made Puget Sound famous

In the 19th century, an essential piece of logging equipment was developed along the shores of – and named for – an iconic Northwest body of water. 
5 months ago
The earliest known image of what's now Bellingham -- the community of Whatcom, as it appeared in 18...
Feliks Banel

Washington Territory’s race-based, discriminatory Chinese Police Tax

The expulsion of Chinese people is a dark chapter of Northwest history. But anti-Chinese discrimination in the region can be traced back even further.
5 months ago