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 […]
Lake Washington Belt Line
Related to the Lake Washington Belt Line in Kirkland feature.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]