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 […]
In the April 2019 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I recounted the heartbreaking story of the Clark family, which was decimated by diphtheria in 1882. The toughness of families who lived in frontier Kirkland is legendary but thankfully not usually as tragic as what befell Martin and Eliza. Kirkland Homesteader Fought to Save Her Children […]
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 publishers of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine are interested in the history of Kirkland, which is great to see. Loita Hawkinson, President of Kirkland Heritage Society, and I have been writing short articles on popular historical topics. My first one was published in the March 2019 issue and was a bit broader than Kirkland. Lake Washington […]
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 […]
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 […]
Matt and I are very pleased to share our research and writing with you on a number of Kirkland historical topics. We are launching the site with one major feature — the Lake Washington Belt Line in Kirkland, 1905-2009 — plus a few smaller articles. There is much more to come over time. Please visit […]