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

All Over The Map

An old newspaper clipping from the 1920s shows the "airsign" for SEATTLE at the Standard Oil facili...
Feliks Banel

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.
2 days ago
Image: XXX Root Beer in Issaquah will reopen as a Burgermaster location in 2025....
Feliks Banel

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.
15 days ago
Stacey and her fellow Edmonds Junior High alums went all out with a video singing - and dancing - t...
Feliks Banel

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.
23 days ago
Image: The Chief Sealth monument dates back to 1890....
Feliks Banel

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
Image: Bill Wixey was, is and always will be a Rose Hill Royal. And look at that hair! (Photo: 1981...
Feliks Banel

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:Matt McCauley, vice president of Kirkland Heritage Society, will lead the annual history tour...
Feliks Banel

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
Photo: The "little red barn" - aka "the mystery cottage" at Fisk Family Park in Kirkland....
Feliks Banel

History only deepens community love for Kirkland’s ‘mystery cottage’

A former neighbor shared some additional history and backstory of the "mystery cottage" in Kirkland's newest public park.
2 months ago
The Seattle Hotel was damaged by the April 13, 1949 earthquake; the steeply tilted parking garage w...
Feliks Banel

Darth Vader, Ban Roll-On, Sinking Ship and other Seattle building nicknames

They rarely make it onto maps or on the fancy signage out front, but Seattle has its fair share of buildings with well-known nicknames.
3 months ago
The Seattle Pilots played a single season of Major League Baseball in 1969 before going bankrupt an...
Feliks Banel

History means it’s Seattle vs. Seattle this weekend in Milwaukee

Everybody knows that the Milwaukee Brewers team is really the Seattle Pilots in disguise.
3 months ago
boeing not going...
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Boeing slogan – if it’s not history, it’s a mystery

It’s also a slogan that’s been twisted around lately to express a meaning which is the opposite of what its original iteration had proudly proclaimed.
4 months ago
Vinyl record...
Feliks Banel

When Washington and Oregon used vinyl records to attract tourists

In March 1966, Pacific Northwest Bell issued something called a “Tourist Trapper Kit” with maps and brochures and a 7-inch vinyl record replete with audio enticements for visiting the Northwest.
4 months ago
Image: Artist’s rendering of Expo ’74 created in 1973 to promote the fair....
Feliks Banel

‘Garbage Goat,’ ‘Governor Evidence’ mark 50 years post-Spokane Expo ’74

The 50th anniversary of Expo '74 will be celebrated in Spokane with a series of events throughout the spring and summer.
4 months ago
Image: Smith Island Lighthouse was built in 1858, it was decommissioned in the 1950s and eventually...
Feliks Banel

History hidden within NOAA’s ‘Inland Water Wind Reports’

The handful of spots along the shores of the Puget Sound, for which NOAA often gives windspeed reports, have their own history and charm.
4 months ago
Image: An 1892 illustration by William Irving depicting Washington Old Hall, a structure on the anc...
Feliks Banel

The thousand-year-old origins of the name ‘Washington’

Here's a refresher on how the Pacific Northwest state came to be called "Washington," and the meaning of the famous of American surname.
5 months ago
The Twilight Drive-In...
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Good news and bad news for two popular drive-in theatres

This week, we have a Double Feature of Pacific Northwest cinema history, with good news for one drive-in theatre and bad news for another.
5 months ago
Image: A shot of the downtown Seattle skyline taken, circa 1929, from an open-seat plane flying ove...
Feliks Banel

Young aviator’s rediscovered photo albums are full of history, mystery

A Seattle family recently re-discovered a collection of photo albums that belonged to a great uncle who was a Navy flyer at Sand Point nearly 100 years ago.
5 months ago
The Ryan House in Sumner, Wash. dates to the 1860s; after years of fundraising to preserve it, the ...
Feliks Banel

Ryan House in Sumner named “Most Endangered”

The grassroots effort to save the historic Ryan House in the Pierce County community of Sumner just got a boost from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. The statewide advocacy group has added the threatened structure to its list of “Most Endangered Places” in Washington.
5 months ago
ilwaco unity...
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All Over The Map: Forgotten original ‘Unity’ name still inspires Ilwaco

Much of the documented history of Ilwaco is featured in a book by historian Lucille McDonald and published by Binfords & Mort in Portland in 1966.
5 months ago
west edge...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Meet me in … West Edge?

Here at "All Over The Map," we obsess over official names for places, and even more over the unofficial nicknames that stick – or don’t stick.
6 months ago
Images: Images of Chief Seattle, include, from left to right, Edward Sammis' original circa 1865 ph...
Feliks Banel

The origins of the only photo ever taken of Chief Seattle

Northwest historians agree about some basic facts about the photo, which was taken in 1865. How the photo came to be is sometimes a little more murky.
6 months ago
Image: A close-up of the little house at what's now Fisk Family Park....
Feliks Banel

Seeking clues to the mystery cottage at Kirkland’s newest park

An iconic and mysterious roadside cottage in Kirkland now it has become part of the Eastside city’s newest public park.
6 months ago
national park trails rails...
Feliks Banel

‘National park on wheels’ seeks volunteers for Trails & Rails

A partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak has placed volunteer interpretive guides on some routes for many years.
6 months ago
Wheeler & Murdoch...
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All Over The Map: Few clues in mysterious disappearance of ‘Wheeler & Murdoch’

The story of Seattle’s image influencing distant people through pop culture like film, literature, music and TV is an unfinished history.
6 months ago