Matt and I haven’t added substantial content to the Lake Washington Belt Line feature in quite some time but we have continually been on the lookout for new sources to extend the story. Fellow historian Sheldon Perry came through in a big way recently with a scan of a Burlington Northern SPINS document from 1978 […]
Behind the Scenes
Contains posts that take a look behind the scenes of research and articles we have published on the site.
One of the most-beloved and longest-lasting businesses described in the Lake Washington Belt Line in Kirkland feature is Quality Feed Mills (later Globe Feed Co.). Loita Hawkinson, President of the Kirkland Heritage Society, recently discovered an oral interview transcript with Manya Lawson, the matriarch of the family and the business, conducted on May 7, 1974 […]
Back in late February (2020) I saw an eBay listing for Kirkland Summer Festival programs from 1946 and 1947. The starting bid was only $25 and I was the only bidder. So I won, obviously. When they arrived I opened the package but I did not spend my time actually studying them—I just gave them […]
On the one hand, SC&T has very little to do with Kirkland history, and this post is simply a shameless plug for “Seattle’s First Railroad”, a multi-year research project in which Matt and I are involved. Part of what has made this project so compelling is the people who are on the team with us: […]
The Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (NPRHA) was a gold mine of information over the years that we researched the history behind what became the Cross-Kirkland Corridor (CKC). It shares the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA) in Burien with other railroad historical associations. The NPRHA has extensive photo and document collections and boasts a membership […]
Matt just published a very interesting feature about Bridge 1878A over Juanita Creek and the man who look the photo, Thomas P. Blum. We hope you enjoy it. As is obvious in the article, Matt became quite intrigued with Mr. Blum, so he dug up some more of Blum’s wonderful handiwork. Thanks, Matt!
The logo for this site was pretty much an afterthought—in our lengthy planning stages both Kent and I, as historians (and not terribly graphics-savvy guys!), were pretty much monocularly-focused on content and presentation. As we got closer to making the site live, we decided to get some expert help, so we brought in talented young […]