NORTHWEST HISTORIAN HEARD ON SEATTLE'S MORNING NEWS

Feliks Banel

Expo 86, Vancouver...
Feliks Banel

It’s been 35 years since Vancouver, BC threw its very own world’s fair – called Expo ’86

Like so many people living in the region back then, did you head north over the border to see Vancouver's Expo between May and October 1986?
5 months ago
Mountain Loop Highway...
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All Over The Map: Mountain Loop Highway selected as ‘Treasured Landscape’

The Forest Service announced the launch of a multi-year initiative to make big improvements to destinations along the Mountain Loop Highway.
5 months ago
Centennial license plate...
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The high school kid who designed Washington’s iconic license plate

What became of the high school senior whose now-iconic license plate design featuring a blue silhouette of Mount Rainier beat out nearly 1,400 hundred other artists?
6 months ago
Seattle waterfront, piers...
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All Over The Map: When the numbers came up for the Seattle waterfront

In the middle of World War II – 77 years ago this week – the Port of Seattle re-numbered all the wharves and piers on the city’s busy wartime waterfront. 
6 months ago
Spokane flag...
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Sunday is final day to vote for new Spokane city flag

As KIRO Radio reported last September, the people of Spokane are choosing a new flag to wave high over the capital city of the Inland Empire.
6 months ago
Koma Kulshan, Mount Baker...
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If Mount Rainier’s name is changed, what about Mount Baker?

KIRO 7 TV reported that the Puyallup Tribe is launching a new effort to restore the Indigenous name “Tacoma” to Mount Rainier. But what about Mount Baker?
6 months ago
Port Townsend, Jefferson...
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All Over The Map: How Jefferson, King and Kitsap counties were named

It’s time for the sixth installment of County Countdown, a 13-part series on the origins of county names. This episode features Jefferson, King and Kitsap.
6 months ago
Puget Sound...
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174-year-old geoducks and other mysteries of Puget Sound history

A body of water that underpins thousands of years of history and culture in this area, Puget Sound is now the focus of a new history book.
6 months ago
Greater Idaho...
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All Over The Map: Ready for a summer vacation on the Idaho Coast?

In a move echoing Washington Territory's separation from Oregon Territory in the 1850s – only, in reverse – a group wants to expand the border of Idaho. 
6 months ago
Pouliot, airliner ditched...
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Airliner left Tacoma and ditched in the ocean in October 1962

Within a year, two identical airliners took off from McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma for Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. Neither reached its final destination.
6 months ago
Seattle National Archives...
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Feds reverse decision and end effort to sell Seattle National Archives

The federal government ended its attempt to sell the 10-acre parcel and complex that houses the National Archives branch in Seattle.
6 months ago
pandemic, beer cans...
Feliks Banel

With pandemic-themed cans, brewers tell history museums to ‘Hold my beer’

Museums have been saving artifacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Tacoma man has a collection that is a bit more colorful than PPE, and a lot more refreshing.
6 months ago
Macy's Bon March holiday star...
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New owner confirms: Bon Marché holiday star is saved for a rainy day

With downtown Seattle's Bon Marche building getting sold, what will happen to the iconic holiday star that adorns its exterior every year?
7 months ago
Diver and blogger Candace Landau shared this image of the wreckage of the KEHLOKEN, off the souther...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Is sunken boat in Puget Sound just an old ferry or artifact of dark chapter of history?

An old ferry boat that was involved in a dark chapter of wartime transportation history nearly 80 years ago also took a few strange journeys of its own.
7 months ago
Washington State Patrol...
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From sleeping in sidecars to ‘speed cops’: Washington State Patrol marks 100-year celebration

Washington State Patrol is marking its centennial in 2021, and like so many things lately, the commemoration has been scaled back due to the pandemic.
7 months ago
Olympic Discovery Trail crosses the Devil’s Punch Bowl on Lake Crescent. (Patrick Colleran, court...
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All Over The Map: 90 miles of history and scenery on Olympic Discovery Trail

There’s good news this week for the Olympic Discovery Trail between Port Townsend and, eventually, La Push on the Washington coast.
7 months ago
Seattle National Archives...
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Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility

The long battle to save the endangered Seattle branch of the National Archives has now been officially joined a trio of PNW senators.
7 months ago
photo album...
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Mystery photo album discovered at Seattle estate sale

A Seattle man purchased an old photo album years ago at an estate sale and stashed it away. Now, local historians are excited about the rare images inside.
7 months ago
Street names...
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All Over The Map: Aplets Way and other Northwest ‘Brand-Name Streets’

The Aplets & Cotlets factory in Cashmere may be gone soon, but two roads in the Chelan County town that were named after the candies are probably here to stay.
7 months ago
columbia river, bar...
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Classic ‘Pacific Graveyard’ shipwrecks reimagined for the digital era

The entrance to the Columbia River is a notorious spot that saw many shipwrecks and claimed quite a few lives, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.
7 months ago
Aplets and Cotlets...
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Washington’s iconic Aplets and Cotlets candy factory to shut down later this year

Aplets & Cotlets, a strongly flavored fruit candy, have been a Northwest fixture for decades. But now, they’re going away forever.
7 months ago
Beverly Bridge...
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All Over The Map: Work begins to reconnect Beverly Bridge to past and future

Work has just gotten underway to make the historic Beverly Bridge, a railroad bridge across the Columbia River, safe for hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
7 months ago
Seattle National Archives, Ferguson...
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Bipartisan coalition pens letter calling for end to effort to close Seattle National Archives

Lawmakers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska sent a letter asking the federal government to give up its effort to sell the Seattle branch of the National Archives.
7 months ago
Art Langlie...
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Art Langlie weighs grandfather’s legacy and a run for Seattle mayor

Art Langlie has has some serious history on his political resumé – his grandfather was mayor -- and then governor -- 80 years ago.
7 months ago