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The big blue flame first graced the Washington Natural Gas building in Seattle in 1964; it was take...
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Feliks Banel: Icon extinguished as­­­ big blue flame neon sign leaves Seattle

A neon sign that was an iconic landmark burning high above Mercer Street in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has found a new home.
1 day ago
An old newspaper clipping from the 1920s shows the "airsign" for SEATTLE at the Standard Oil facili...
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All Over The Map: Searching for ‘ghost signs of the air’

An aviation historian said you might be able to spot one of these "Ghost Signs of the Air" still on duty in a few Washington towns.
6 days ago
Taco Time Wallingford...
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Feliks Banel: ‘Beacon of tacos’ shutting down in Wallingford

News broke Wednesday afternoon that the iconic Taco Time restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood will close in just a few days.
6 days ago
Marshall Dompier of Port Angeles was one of the earliest American Cub Scouts, and likely the first ...
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Feliks Banel: Forgotten Pearl Harbor hero was a Cub Scout from Port Angeles

A young sailor from Port Angeles who died more than 82 years ago in the early hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor is making history.
9 days ago
Photo: Airborne United Airlines’ DC-4 at Sea-Tac Airport on July 9, 1949....
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Vintage photos: Sea-Tac Airport celebrates 75 years

While its origins as an airfield date back to the early months of World War II, the Port of Seattle is marking 75 years of Sea-Tac Airport.
15 days ago
Image: XXX Root Beer in Issaquah will reopen as a Burgermaster location in 2025....
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All Over The Map: Remodel project uncovers hidden past of beloved XXX drive-in

Work underway in Issaquah to convert the old XXX Root Beer to a Burgermaster has revealed a key feature of the original drive-in.
19 days ago
Stacey and her fellow Edmonds Junior High alums went all out with a video singing - and dancing - t...
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Welcoming summer with vintage local junior high fight songs

Three community members took the time to record the middle school fight songs they remembered so that they could preserved for posterity.
27 days ago
Photo: A Seattle Post-Intelligencer photo from the collection of the Museum of History & Industry (...
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Celebrating Juneteenth 2024 and reflecting on local Black history

KIRO Newsradio caught up with Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, president of the Black Heritage Society of Washington, to talk about Juneteenth.
29 days ago
Sinatra-McCaw...
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Frank Sinatra still sings in Seattle

On a late spring day nearly 60 years ago, one of the biggest names in show business came to Seattle and played a concert on a Sunday evening. It turned out to be a show that’s been echoing in some parts of the music world ever since.
1 month ago
Image: The Chief Sealth monument dates back to 1890....
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Paying tribute to city namesake Chief Sealth’s grave in Suquamish

KIRO Newsradio visited the grave of Chief Sealth at Suquamish Memorial Cemetery and spoke with Suquamish Tribal Chair Leonard Forsman.
1 month ago
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‘Earthrise’ photographer who called Northwest home on his famous picture

Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders took a photograph of a distant earth in 1968. The image has since been come to be known as "Earthrise."
1 month ago
fires 1889...
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Fires devastated Seattle, Ellensburg, Spokane in 1889

When Washington became a state in November 1889, that wasn’t the only big news story that year, thanks to devastating fires across the state.
1 month ago
Photo: Everett Clark Park gazebo....
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Everett’s Clark Park gazebo now gone to the dogs

The Everett Clark Park gazebo will be dismantled as the city council voted for funding to build an off-leash dog area.
1 month ago
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On D-Day, West Coast radio listeners ‘sat up all night by the radio’

Next week will mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy. Americans experienced that day quite differently, depending on which time zone you lived in.
1 month ago
The Ryan House in Sumner was built in the 1870s and 1880s before Washington became a state, and is ...
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Sumner City Council unanimously rejects Ryan House resolution

The Sumner City Council will meet Monday night and will likely vote on a Ryan House private fundraising resolution.
2 months ago
Image: The 1910 railroad bridge and brick-paved road are the only remaining landmarks which have no...
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Endangered brick street and railroad bridge were witness to the Everett Massacre

The area where a stretch of brick road is crossed by a railroad bridge is the only portion unchanged from the Everett Massacre.
2 months ago
Image: The current Seattle branch of the National Archives will be replaced by a new facility at a ...
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Exclusive: New Seattle National Archives to be a ‘very large project’

KIRO Newsradio spoke to two officials involved for a preview of what's to come in developing the new Seattle National Archives facility.
2 months ago
Image: Bill Wixey was, is and always will be a Rose Hill Royal. And look at that hair! (Photo: 1981...
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All Over The Map: KIRO Newsradio’s junior high/middle school fight song challenge

We're on a mission to collect recordings of as many Puget Sound area junior high school fight songs as possible to celebrate our alma maters.
2 months ago
Image: Young Fresh Fellows' co-founder Scott McCaughey (left) and drummer John Perrin stand in the ...
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Young Fresh Fellows celebrate 40 years since ‘Fabulous’ vinyl debut

The Young Fresh Fellows are marking the 40th anniversary, and new remix reissue, of their album "Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest."
2 months ago
Tech City Bowl...
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Final frame was Saturday night for Kirkland’s Tech City Bowl – aka Totem Bowl

After more than six decades in business on the Eastside, Tech City Bowl on Rose Hill will shut down permanently later this year.
2 months ago
Image: On May 17, 1980, Carolyn Driedger examines a piece of measuring equipment at Coldwater2, the...
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‘We got a real gut punch from it:’ Scientist recalls deadly Mount St. Helens eruption

This weekend is the 44th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a major event for those who remember it or know the history.
2 months ago
Image:Matt McCauley, vice president of Kirkland Heritage Society, will lead the annual history tour...
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Kirkland’s rich history comes to life in the annual cemetery tour

The Eastside city's origin story will come up a lot during this year's annual history tour of Kirkland Cemetery.
2 months ago
Photo: Parkland residents gathered on the steps of the 1908 Parkland School Friday morning to celeb...
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Exclusive: Grassroots preservation campaign saves Parkland School

Members of the Parkland Community Association announced Friday that the group has officially assumed ownership of historic Parkland School.
2 months ago
Image: Captain George Vancouver is buried in a churchyard in Petersham Village, west of London....
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Visiting Captain Vancouver’s grave in a tiny village near London

Captain George Vancouver will be commemorated as he is every year at the churchyard near London where he was buried more than 225 years ago.
2 months ago