History

Locals to Know: Joshua Okrent

Today’s local to know is all about building community and spreading neighborly love. Joshua Okrent is the founder of the Punk Rock Flea Market, a 16-year-old nomadic market that hosts vendors from around the region in various Seattle venues, selling everything from maps and bike parts, to painted rocks and stereos, and pretty much everything else in between. They […]

/ June 14, 2022


Remembering the viaduct’s first hater

Maybe you remember him for his pranks. Or perhaps his generosity. Or maybe you just really like his clam chowder. Whatever the reason, Ivar Haglund has become an almost mythical figure in Emerald City. That’s why we decided to launch our video series about the Seattle Waterfront this week with a look back at the […]

/ August 9, 2019


The Vanishing Seattle Instagram account helps us remember

With the Vanishing Seattle Instagram account, Seattle local Cynthia Brothers tracks changes in the city in light of its history with photographs of businesses, landmarks, and citizen action.

/ June 12, 2019


Take a ride in Seattle’s time-traveling elevator

Want to go for a ride in one of the oldest vehicles in Seattle? You don’t need a license, but you should probably be okay with heights. It’s true that Smith Tower’s elevators were recently modernized and automated, but the cabs are the same brass cages that carried curious locals to the top of the […]

/ June 4, 2019


Seattle’s first boom

Thousands of new workers moving to town. A big influx of money. A small startup that would grow to become a major player in retail. Nope, this isn’t the Amazon boom. We’re talking about Seattle in 1897. We stopped by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Pioneer Square to learn how a gold […]

/ June 4, 2019


A trip to the farm — in the heart of Bellevue?

THE LOCATION: Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue THE PERSON: Annamarie Solomonson, Kelsey Creek Farm Supervisor THE STORY: Bellevue has some pretty neat city parks, but there’s only one where you can watch a sheep being sheared, learn to ride a horse, and meet a 750 pound hog. Kelsey Creek Farm opened to the public in 1972 […]

/ April 15, 2019


Fish, With a Side of Ballard History

Pete Knutson is a 47-year commercial fisherman, a fourth-generation Ballardite, and a college professor. When he’s not up in Alaska catching salmon, you’ll find him down on the dock at Fishermen’s Terminal selling it.

/ March 27, 2019


Meet the guy who runs Ballard’s boat elevator

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Ballard THE PERSON: Larry Meyer, lockmaster of the Ballard Locks THE STORY: What do you get when you combine a fish ladder, a botanical garden, and a bunch of boats? The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks – also known as the Ballard Locks. And you can find one person at the center of it […]

/ March 19, 2019


How did the Central District become Seattle’s historically black neighborhood?

The answer involves a restaurant, generous neighbors, racism, and some seriously awful housing policies, like redlining.

/ January 15, 2019


Video: 4 buildings that shaped Seattle’s Central District

A lot has changed in our city over the past ten years. At the same time, Seattle still has plenty of special spots — locations that offer a window to our past and point the way to a vibrant future.

/ January 2, 2019