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.

Seattle’s First Real Estate Mogul

The Grand Opera House on Cherry Street offered performances almost nightly. Henry and Mrs. B rarely missed a show, and he grew into an arts patron and a lifetime sponsor of musical groups and artists.

How Tennis Came to the Pacific Northwest

The Olympic Tennis Club near Seattle’s Madison and Boren streets (atop First Hill, then a fashionable neighborhood) was founded in 1890, with courts scattered around and  early club dances held in a “large riding stable.” It was later named the Seattle Tennis Club and moved to Lake Washington.

Who Tells Your Story: Junius Rochester’s Honor Roll of Northwest Historians

One historian, Murray Morgan, helped establish the term "Skid Road," correcting the misnomer of Skid Row. Morgan left a rich trove of historial anecdotes.

The Northwest’s Hawaiian Connection

The fur trade helped build the Northwest. Less well known is the connection with Hawaii, which has surprisingly many links to our region. 

The Pacific Northwest Through the Eyes of Paul Bunyan

James Stevens scanned the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest and saw every dramatic contour against the sky through the eyes of a mythical giant lumberman named Paul Bunyan.  

How Astoria Became the Plymouth Rock of the West

Historian Samuel Eliot Morison rhapsodized: “Astoria might well be called the Plymouth Rock of the West -- for the opening up of the Oregon country is a close parallel, almost a reproduction of the process by which the Thirteen Colonies were founded by England.”   

How Modern Capitol Hill Came About – Part 2

Commercial activity picked up, boosted by new electric trolleys rolling along tracks on Broadway, later removed to accommodate more maneuverable electric trolley buses and cars. Starting in 1909, Broadway became “Automobile Row.”

When I Swam with Juan Peron at the “Hotel of the Dictators”

We embarked on what we envisioned as a lark; an exotic adventure. It turned out to be far more.

How Capitol Hill Came Together

Cable cars rode up James and Madison Streets to Broadway, then headed east, as Paul Dorpat writes (2001), “through a patchwork of forests and stump fields – the latter surmounted by real estate signs promoting convenience of cleared lots placed close to the tracks. A fourth electric line ran north and south along Broadway connecting the three hills north to south, Capitol, First, and Beacon – topographically three sisters in the same ice-age ridge.”

Oklahoma Slim, Chronicler of the Vanishing Hobo

Hood River Blackie had this tribute: “No group in American history ever roamed as far across this great land as did the hobos, so let’s salute them just once as they follow the steam locomotive into history. Let’s remember them as they truly were the last pioneers; for when they are all gone – as soon they must be – this world will not see their like again.”

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