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The road less traveled is often off the map | History Files

Editor’s note: The following History Files column originally appeared in February 2022. I have often taken the road less traveled. Most think me foolish to enjoy a drive by backroads that …

The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection. It certainly was for me this year. Near the end of 2023, I visited the location on Maury Island where the Verona and Calista were built …

The chicken runs – again – at midnight | History Files

Editor’s note: This is an update of one of Tim Raetzloff’s most popular columns. The chicken runs at midnight. This isn't ancient history. Much more recent. It dates from 1992, but it seems …

The mystery of the Chimacum | History Files

If you take the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, and then drive to Port Townsend, you will likely drive through Chimacum on Highway 19. A farm near Chimacum was the source of the story "The Egg …

On a trek to find a lost waterfall | History Files

Thirteen years ago, I went in search of Anabe Falls with three other Edmonds residents: Michele Harris, Marie Lovell, and Brian Harris. Anabe Falls is east of North Bend, and a long way from …

Visiting erratics, including in Edmonds | History Files

Not all of the history of this region is human history. Before anyone lived here, super-charged geologic forces dug up and dug out our geography – and ice was a major tool. Something over …

Edmonds didn't record history well | History Files

"History is written by the winners." I have seen that quote attributed to George Orwell, Napoleon and even novelist Dan Brown. The phrase itself represents how difficult it is to reconcile …

Protecting Puget Sound: The Triangle of Fire | History Files

Washington has some lovely state parks that were once a part of the coast defense system. Fort Casey on Whidbey Island was one of the forts. Also Fort Worden at Port Townsend, and Fort Flagler on …

Edmonds once ended at Walnut Street | History Files

In 1905, the south boundary of Edmonds was Walnut Street. How do I know? A few years ago, Brian Harris gave me a copy of the 1905 map of Snohomish County Road #49. According to the folks at …

100 years later, Edmonds ferries still going strong

Edmonds is identified with the ferries that shuttle back and forth to Kingston, and a ferry is prominent in the city's logo. No wonder – they've been a part of the Edmonds seascape for 100 years …

Esperance, and the Edmonds creation myth | History Files

I recently gave a presentation to the Lynnwood Kiwanis, who actually meet in Edmonds at Maplewood Presbyterian Church. Because of the location, I made C.T. Conover a large part of the …

My mother's parents lost their farm in the southeast corner of Montana, near Ridge, in 1924. They packed up everything they could, like "The Beverly Hillbillies," and left everything they couldn't …

Talgo 6 trainsets traveled through Edmonds on a daily basis as the Amtrak Cascades for more than two decades. And the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie was able to acquire a Talgo 6 bistro car …

On watersheds and lost rivers | History Files

Recent trips to Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass and Black River Junction in Renton were learning experiences and reminders of history that is older than usually found in textbooks. I had never been to …

I drive to work every day from Ninth, north of Puget to Harbor Square. I pass the same places over and over. Change is gradual, and it's easy to forget what isn't there anymore. As I stopped at …

History: It's all about connections | History Files

A number of years ago, I was sitting on the sofa in the late Mary Daheim's living room. On the end table next to me was a book titled "A Hoghead's Random Railroad Reminiscences." The author was …

A story with two happy endings | History Files

In my last column, I wrote about former Seattle Mariner third-base coach Rich Donnelly, his daughter Amy, her losing battle with cancer in the 1990s, and a couple of nearly forgotten baseball players …

Inside baseball: The chicken runs at midnight | History Files

The chicken runs at midnight. This isn't ancient history. Much more recent. It dates from 1992, but it seems appropriate this year when the Mariners may be making a playoff run for the first time in …

The history of railroads in Edmonds is really rather boring. Great Northern Railway reached Edmonds in 1891. The most unusual aspect of this arrival was that Great Northern used the name of a …

I watched a YouTube video presented by "The History Guy," who likes to specialize in forgotten history. The particular episode was about Camp Ellis near Ipava, Illinois. During World War II, the …

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