In the July 2020 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I described the rich History of Juanita Beach. As I said at the beginning of the article, “Juanita Beach is likely the most historic property owned by the City of Kirkland, yet one might never realize that. Today it has a vastly different feel and look […]
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In the April 2020 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I gave a well-deserved tribute to Al Locke, the first City Manager of Kirkland. The article draws heavily on a lengthy, very candid interview with Mr. Locke and with Richard “Dick” Shinstrom, a former city council member and insurance broker that I conducted in September, 2011. […]
In the February 2020 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I told the story of lake transportation before the floating bridges. Writing in 1934, R. H. Collins, Kirkland’s first mayor, said of the early days, “Separated from Seattle as we are by Lake Washington, transportation has always been a vital problem in the development of this […]
Our Lake Washington Belt Line feature lifts up the history of the many businesses served by the railroad in Kirkland beginning in 1905. A few have a special place in Kirkland history and in the hearts of long-time residents — and one of those is surely Seattle Door Co., aka SeDorCo. We are very grateful […]
Thanks to the talents of Ryan Zimbelman, the Piccadilly area page of the Lake Washington Belt Line feature now has an animated map that shows the evolution of side tracks over the life of the line. We hope this helps you visualize the changes over time and the relationships between the various tracks.
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: […]
In the September 2019 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I told the story of Bob and Betty Lightfeldt, who were perhaps Kirkland’s most entrepreneurial couple during the 1960’s and ’70s. The Lightfeldts owned several buildings in downtown Kirkland and in Juanita and created many well-known retails stores, including Betty’s Pants and Tops, Kid’s Stuff, PX […]
I had a lot of fun writing The Possibilities Are Endless for the May 2019 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine. This article recounted why and how Kirkland came to be in the late 1880s. Can you imagine if Kirkland had actually become the “Pittsburgh of the Pacific” with a steel mill puffing away at the […]
While our feature on the Lake Washington Belt Line (LWBL) stops at the point when railroad service ceased, time (and history) march on. The City of Kirkland is documenting the development of the Cross-Kirkland Corridor (CKC) and, nicely, included a link to this site and our LWBL content. Matt and I are working with the […]