Junius Rochester

Junius Rochester, whose family has shaped the city for many generations, is an award-winning Northwest historian and author of numerous books about Seattle and other places.

The Supreme Court Justice from the Wrong Side of the Tracks

During his college summers, while working the wheat harvest, the future U.S. Supreme Court Justice enjoyed listening to the tales of Wobblies, the Industrial Workers of the World, who were considered criminals by many of his neighbors.

Great AdVantage: The River People at the Center of Washington State

River fishing is one way the Wanapum Native culture has been kept alive. In protecting and enhancing that culture and its 12,000-year-old fishing tradition, Natives of the region point to revered prophets.

Remembering Architect Carl F. Gould

He fought for a city plan that was opposed by influential property owners.  Never mind his reputation as a “gentleman architect,”he entered city-wide frays related to public art and architecture.

An Olmsted Legacy: Our Local Parks

Many of Seattle's Olmsted legacy parks display a plaque describing who passed here and what happened at this location. 

Brother Mack: The Itinerate Preacher who once Roamed the Northwest

“He (Brother Mack) didn’t claim to be a great preacher . . .(but) . . . he knew not to rustle (his flock).”

The Little-Known Peter Whose Name Made a Sound

Capt. Vancouver wrote, "to commemorate Mr. Puget’s exertions, the southern extremity I named Puget’s Sound.”

How the Mosquito Fleet Defined Lake Washington

The rich history of Seattle would have been a relatively modest story without these watery links to the second largest lake in Washington State.

The Pacific Northwest’s Cowboy Past

What does a rodeo rider do after breaking bones and breaking horses in a relatively short and violent career?  The answer often was to go to Hollywood.

A Tale of Two Treks Across the Olympics

The idea for this great adventure came from a grizzled Scot and local mountain man named J. H. Christie, who died in 2003. 

The Origins of Seattle’s Love of Sports

Native traditions likely laid a foundation for local sports.