Category Archives: History

In Portland you can ride a modern streetcar to a museum celebrating ancient steam engines

Portland is a train town. From its history as a 19th Century railroad outpost up to the present with its light rail and streetcars, steel wheels on tracks seem to have forever resonated in the The City of Roses. One … Continue reading

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Honoring Civil War soldiers and sailors at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Seattle

Boy Scout Troop 100 spent Saturday morning at Seattle’s Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery cleaning the moss and dirt off of old headstones and planting flags in preparation for a Memorial Day ceremony. It is altogether fitting and proper … Continue reading

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Finding Depression-era history on an old sidewalk

I was in my old neighborhood in Mount Vernon, Washington, and I wondered if I could still find the old marking etched in wet concrete from long ago. I had told my son the sidewalks had historic marks because they … Continue reading

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Seven things you may not know about the life and music of country legend Merle Haggard

With songs like “Tulare Dust” and “They’re Tearing the Labor Camps Down” Haggard – like Guthrie – captured in simple lyric and melody the same sentiments reflected in the prose of John Steinbeck about the struggles of migrant workers. Continue reading

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Should Seattle reopen old Aurora Ave. pedestrian tunnel where ‘mashers and thugs’ once lurked?

The political action group Let’s Move Seattle wants voters to approve spending nearly $1 billion in taxes to pay for a long list of transportation projects. The money would expand metro bus service, pave pockmarked streets and reinforce the city’s … Continue reading

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