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 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Like rivers, local roads have changed course

Everyone knows about the Titanic. Almost no one has heard of the Sultana. The Titanic sinking claimed more than 1,500 souls. It was worldwide news. But 50 years earlier, the... — Updated 12/17/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Bridges to nowhere in Puget Sound | History Files

A number of years ago there was much complaining about a bridge to nowhere in Alaska. My story today is a bit different. It is about roads that would have gone somewhere useful in... — Updated 11/30/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Forgotten locations include Caspers, Holmes corners | History Files

I play pub trivia Tuesday nights at Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub. O’Donnell’s location is usually described as in south Everett, or maybe Mariner. It... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

'Silk train' once a big money-maker in Washington

Did Edmonds kids live in fear of "silk trains"? That question came to mind while visiting Easton, Wash., to help the people there who hope to organize a new historical society. We... — Updated 11/12/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The good old days. Or maybe not | History Files

At the Black Diamond Museum in King County, a memorial commemorates men killed in coal mines. They went to work to make a living for themselves and their families, and one day... — Updated 11/5/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Snohomish County home to billion-dollar companies | History Files

Why does it matter that Seagen is now the sixth most valuable company in Washington, and who cares other than shareholders? Would the jobs at Seagen still be as valuable if the... — Updated 10/29/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Finding history in Easton | History Files

Teresa A Anderson and I have been continuing to follow her father's travel journal from May 29, 1922. Herbert Anderson and Elias Gillette had driven from Queen Anne to Leavenworth... — Updated 10/15/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Following a Red Brick Road continues | History Files

On May 29, 1922, Herbert Anderson drove with Elias Gillette from Seattle to Leavenworth. Herbert took photos and documented the trip in a travel journal along the way. His daughter,... — Updated 9/10/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

An Edmonds connection: Exploring the Old Trunk Road | History Files

Did you know 84th Avenue West to Five Corners and east to Edmonds-Woodway was originally part of what was called "Trunk Road"? Stick with me. We'll get to that. It was on a Monday... — Updated 9/3/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Not just a brewpub: The sinking of MV Diamond Knot | History Files

The name Diamond Knot is familiar to many residents of southwest Snohomish County. Many are acquainted with the brewpubs in Mukilteo and Mountlake Terrace, but few know the origin o... — Updated 8/13/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Chasing rail history on the Eastside | History Files

We spent a day chasing history. The first location was the Cleveland High School Memorial Forest. After World War II, Cleveland High School students bought 20 acres on... — Updated 8/6/2021

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Tip: Watch the fireworks from a Washington State Ferry | History Files

On July 4th I didn't do the usual ritual of going to Civic Park to watch the fireworks show, but I did get a chance to enjoy it in another way. And I wondered how the first July... — Updated 8/6/2021

 

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