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 […]
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Thanks once again to the talents of Ryan Zimbelman, the Par-Mac Industrial Park page of the Lake Washington Belt Line feature now has an animated map that shows the evolution of industries and spurs over the life of the line. We hope this helps you visualize the changes over time. (The image below is static. […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
Rob Ketcherside recently published a useful listing of changes to downtown Kirkland street names during the early years. A key resource in this project was a 1926 Sanborn Fire Insurance map. On the topic of Sanborn maps, Historical Information Gatherers offers beautiful reproductions of them, in both printed and digital form. HIG provided color Sanborn […]
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!
Matt and I are both enthusiastic members of the Kirkland Heritage Society. One of the benefits of membership is the Blackberry Preserves newsletter, which is published six time per year. The May/June 2019 issue features a look at Mary Hanson, who was quite a remarkable person. She wrote a column called Our Town in the […]