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.

State of the Union: The Lake that Connected a City

Puget Sound Natives, likely migrating from the north in the 12,000 years ago, found a perfect home on the shores of Lake Union.

How Grand Opera Almost Came to Our Northwest Forest

The magic of Santa Fe Opera mixed with Wagner’s grand dramas recalls those days when Seattle dreamed big, mixing art with natural grandeur.

Making a List: Writers who Touched the Pacific Northwest

One example: Gertrude Stein’s longtime companion, Alice B. Toklas, was raised in Seattle, where her father owned one of the city’s early department stores.

Moveable Feast: The “Travelling Library” that Informed Lewis and Clark

The Lewis and Clark Expedition was deeply "bookish," using many of the scientific books and experts of that Enlightened era.

Ups and Downs: How the Fremont Bridge Came to Be

The Fremont neighborhood – and its nearby bridge – received its moniker from the community’s founders, L.H. Griffith and E. Blewett, who wanted to honor their hometown of Fremont, Nebraska.

The Diverse, Dramatic History of Northwest Religions

Why was Mt. Rainier regarded as a female god? What started the bitterness between Whites and Indians? Why did revivalists work so well in the Pacific Northwest?

How the Mythic ‘Northwest Passage’ Helped Define the Pacific Northwest

Even Thomas Jefferson, in late life and after Meriwether Lewis reported otherwise, believed that rivers and lakes could combine to whisk traders from one coast to the other.

Seattle’s “Moral Majority”: Reverend Mark Matthews’ Outsized Role in Early Seattle

There were few matters in our post-Alaska Gold Rush town of 80,000 that failed to inspire Doctor Matthews. 

Seattle: Our Forgotten Namesake

Seattle may be named for Chief Seattle, but his presence (and that of his people) is difficult to detect in the modern city.

Well Fortified? A History of Pacific Northwest Forts

Most of them served as trading centers and integral parts of the great fur trade.