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Bob Newman (right) played Gertrude alongside J.P. Patches on KIRO TV in Seattle for decades; he pas...
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Northwest TV legend Bob Newman has died

Legendary and beloved local TV performer Bob Newman, who played Gertrude and Boris S. Wart and other iconic characters alongside J.P. Patches on KIRO TV for decades, passed away earlier this week.
10 months ago
The south facing Buse Timber sign says "Happy Holidays." (Buse Timber)...
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All Over The Map: Roadside holiday signs live on in Everett

Anyone who’s driven on I-5 between Everett and Marysville around the holidays in the past 56 years or so has probably seen the Buse Timber holiday signs.
10 months ago
John Floyd...
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The Pacific Northwest Bicentennial you’ve never heard of

It was 200 years ago when Congressman John Floyd became the first elected official to encourage the US to annex what’s now Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
10 months ago
Ferry County...
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All Over The Map: How Ferry, Franklin and Garfield counties were named

The fourth installment of County Countdown, a 13-part series about the origins of county names in Washington, features Ferry, Franklin, and Garfield.
11 months ago
Nordstrom piano...
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Nordstrom in-store piano players depart with no public goodbye

Sometime in last year or so, the only remaining Nordstrom piano player hit the last notes, closed the lid on the old Steinway, and walked off into history.
11 months ago
Apes of Wrath...
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All Over The Map: Bizarre ‘Apes of Wrath’ wrestling event funded ‘Seattle Monolith’

Two decades before that mysterious monolith turned up in the Utah desert, the “Seattle Monolith” took the city by surprise on New Year’s Day 2001.
11 months ago
National Archives Seattle...
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Attorney General will file suit to block sale of Seattle’s National Archives

To stop the sale of the National Archives in Seattle, AG Bob Ferguson announced Friday that his office will file suit against the Trump Administration.
11 months ago
Bartell Drugs...
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Will anything change when Bartell Drugs isn’t local anymore?

The deal to sell Bartell Drugs to Rite Aid is likely to close this month, but it's unclear exactly what impact the sale will have on the local store.
11 months ago
Seattle star...
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All Over The Map: New Seattle Star a balance of ‘then and wow’

The new Seattle Star will debut Friday on the corner of the building at 4th and Pine with a dazzling approach to 21st century decorative holiday lighting.
11 months ago
pink elephant...
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Seattle Elephant Car Wash sign packs its trunk and leaves

A sign company Tuesday morning began removing the iconic neon sign from the Elephant Car Wash on Denny Way at Sixth Avenue.
11 months ago
Browns Point Lighthouse...
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All Over The Map: One-of-a-kind historic Pierce County lighthouse gets restoration

On a tiny piece of land jutting out into the water just north of Tacoma is the historic Browns Point Lighthouse, set for a restoration in the days ahead.
11 months ago
PNW hard rock history...
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‘Rusted Metal’ tells mammoth story of Northwest’s hard rock history

Metal bands once ruled a vibrant scene in the Northwest. Now, a new – and very large – book attempts to document 25 years of regional hard rock history.
11 months ago
Backwards towns...
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All Over The Map: Washington’s peculiar collection of backward towns

There are three communities in Washington that have one unusual thing in common: Their names are first or surnames spelled backward.
12 months ago
Santa...
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Seattle’s department store Santa photos revolutionized the holidays

There’s one lesser-known Seattle invention that may have had more impact on the world than the entire tech industry: The department store Santa Claus photo.
12 months ago
Railroad operator Butch Elsasser...
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Salmon Bay bridge operator keeps railroad tradition alive

When plans to demolish a historic railroad bridge in Ballard were changed, preservationists and railroad buffs breathed a collective sigh of relief.
12 months ago
Circus Drive-In...
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Circus Drive-In finally leaving town?

The Circus Drive-In, the ruins of which have been a fixture along State Highway 20 in Skagit County for decades, is apparently finally being torn down.
12 months ago
In Cowlitz County, Kelso snatched the county seat mantle away from Kalama in 1922 after numerous ea...
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All Over The Map: How Columbia, Cowlitz, and Douglas counties were named

It’s time for the third installment County Countdown, KIRO Radio’s 13-part series about the origins of county names in Washington.
12 months ago
Tacoma Narrows Bridge...
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Vintage audio from 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse

Saturday, November 7 marks the 80th anniversary of the dramatic collapse of Galloping Gertie, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
12 months ago
Gregoire and Rossi, Washington governor...
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Memories still raw for candidates from 2004 race for Washington governor

The 2004 race for Washington's governor was one that many remember as bitterly hard-fought, something neither candidate has forgotten.
12 months ago
In-story display promoting Mountain Bars for school lunches, circa 1960s. (Brown & Haley)...
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All Over The Map: Mountain Bars still stand tall in the Northwest

If you haven’t picked up your Halloween candy yet, consider the historic Mountain Bar. It’s been made in Pierce County for more than a century.
1 year ago
Young Fresh Fellows...
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Young Fresh Fellows paved the way for Seattle music scene 35 years ago

This autumn marks the 35th anniversary of Young Fresh Fellows' sophomore effort – and national breakout album – “Topsy Turvy."
1 year ago
Port of Seattle...
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All Over The Map: Giant ‘Port of Seattle’ sign was a long-ago waterfront landmark

It was 90 years ago this Sunday when a giant waterfront landmark – and nighttime beacon – was first switched on in downtown Seattle.
1 year ago
Captain Cook...
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Captain Cook’s legacy in the Pacific Northwest

Captain James Cook is remembered by many for his 18th century voyages to the South Pacific. But Cook’s influence is recalled in the Pacific Northwest, too.
1 year ago
National Archives Seattle...
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Academic journal asks: Will the last archivist to leave Seattle please turn out the lights?

The latest issue of the Journal of Western Archives includes a lengthy article with a snarky nod toward the closure of Seattle's National Archives.
1 year ago