A hearty “Thank You!” to the Rotary Club of Kirkland for its nearly-completed Cross Kirkland Corridor pavilion (CKC) project – an undertaking nearly four years in the making. As of December 2020, the new pavilion stands on the east side of the CKC on Railroad Avenue, immediately south of Kirkland Way. Working with the City […]
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In the February 2021 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I recounted the many works of Eastside commercial art created by Kenton Pies in Kenton Pies’ Eastside Art, including Totem Lake Mall and the Kingsgate neighborhood. My friend and colleague Jana Robertson and I met Mr. Pies in 2013, when he was working on the new […]
In the October 2020 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I highlighted the history of a few of Kirkland’s well-known eateries of the past in a feature called Did You Take Your Flame To Frosty’s? to coincide with a food and beverage theme for the magazine. As I reflected in the article, “The restaurant business has […]
In the August 2020 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I presented some glimpses of Man’s Best Friend in Kirkland over the years. Dogs have been near and dear to my heart all of my life and dog care has been my vocation for several years via Sarah’s Pet Care. The variety of photos from very early on […]
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 […]
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: […]