Vintage Seattle Dive: Ode to Mike’s Chili Parlor

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The more things change, the more a 100-year-old Ballard chili parlor stays the same.

State of the Union: The Lake that Connected a City

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

Chief Joseph’s Nez Perce Tribe Comes Home

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Across the country Native Tribes are an increasingly significant player on many fronts.

We Hereby Refuse: The Japanese American Incarceration

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The intent is to put the resisters back into the story, to remember the resistance as a legitimate response to injustice, to an unconstitutional incarceration.

Duwamish Tribe Sues for Recognition

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At its core, this is a conflict over not only material benefits or retroactive justice (which may be an oxymoron) but also over history. 

Ups and Downs: How the Fremont Bridge Came to Be

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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.

What Italy Learned: Lessons from a Time of Senseless Violence

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The rampant gun violence in America is incomprehensible from a European perspective, especially since it is occurring in a country at peace and not at war.

The Real Duwamish

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A tragic, 167-year-old question in local history: Why did the Duwamish receive no reservation in their homeland? 

We Came for Freedom: What Drove Vietnamese Refugees to Leave Our Homeland

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"Our reasons for being here are both distinctly different from other Asian immigrant groups and widely misunderstood."

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

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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: Our Forgotten Namesake

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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

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

All the Difference: How the World’s Fair Changed Seattle 60 Years Ago

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Eddie Carlson's idea for a Space Needle wasn't instantly popular. Some scoffed at the notion, likening it to a phone pole in a sombrero or a pylon wearing a top hat.

Mount Olympus, I Presume?

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In 1889, the five-person Press Expedition (named for the Seattle Press, a statewide newspaper), led by James Christie, crossed the Olympic Peninsula from the Elwha River to the Quinault Valley.

A World’s Fair that Helped Define Seattle (and the Man Who Made it Happen)

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"The fair was Seattle’s debut among the cities of earth, and Seattle cleaned house so thoroughly that it was never again the roaring city of gold rush days.” 

Staid Madison Park Neighborhood Started Out as a Raucous Coney Island

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The burgeoning waterfront development included a boathouse, piers, a wooden promenade and twin bandstands offshore with shoreline seating.  Beer was sold to audiences while they listened to Wagner’s Band play Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Later came a racetrack near Broadmoor.

Eddie Carlson, Master of the Business Establishment and Sparkplug of the ‘Seattle Spirit’

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Carlson’s rise to prominence in Seattle's business establishment was a combination of native intelligence, an enthusiastic demeanor, very hard work, and a willingness to do a dozen things at one time.

Baranov’s Fiefdom: When Russia Was an Extensive Presence in the Northwest

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In today’s Alaska, Russian names and Orthodox churches are found throughout the archipelagos, bays, and river mouths of Baranov’s former fiefdom.  Among the principal reasons for establishing Orthodoxy was to pacify Natives, whose role as virtual slaves in taking sea otters was essential. 

The Zeitgeist of World’s Fairs, Including the One in Seattle, 60 Years Ago

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The exposition that most influenced Seattle was the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  The formula was set in place: family and adult entertainment; history and art exhibits; food and drink everywhere; and showcases for American inventors, architects, and tinkerers.

When a Country Believes its own Mythology (for Good and for Bad)

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Since the nation's early days, politicians have embellished much of our history. They weave myths about the founding fathers who allegedly never made a mistake, loved mankind, and trusted the people.

The Great Western Migration Story: Ezra Meeker and the Oregon Trail

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Meeker, who himself traversed the Oregon Trail, was instrumental in the celebrations and monuments along the Trail. Today, his Puyallup home is a pioneer museum.

On Presidents Day, Our Iconic President

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It is the myth of Kennedy that nearly 60 years later continues to overshadow, to outlive the substance of what he achieved.

Where the Bodies Are Buried: Seattle’s Historic Cemeteries

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The city's pioneer cemetery, after several moves, turned out to be Lake View, just north of Volunteer Park.

He Did it All: Civic Pioneer T.T. Minor, Entrepreneur and Early Seattle Mayor

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Minor’s spirit of adventure was intense. 

Why Dan Evans Was a Successful Republican and How His Party Moved Away

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Despite the years of bitter struggle, the differences between the Evans supporters and the Reaganites were really rather subtle.

Memories of Martin Luther King and the Pentagon Protest March

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I learned many years later that King and Malcolm X briefly spoke with each other that day when I saw them at the Senate, after each had departed the gallery. It was the first and only time these two young men, champions of human rights, were to meet. 

The Original Douglas Fir

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David Douglas introduced over 200 Pacific Northwest plants to Great Britain, including the Sitka spruce.  At Scone Castle, near his birthplace, a large Douglas fir stands in his honor.

How Seattle’s Central District became the Heart of the City

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The central Seattle neighborhood, sometimes called the Central District or CD, is the heart of residential and rental Seattle.

Media Frenzy for a Northwest Desperado: The Life and Legend of Harry Tracy

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The Old West may feel like ancient history to most of us, but one of the bloodiest and most colorful of western outlaws ended his days right here in our Pacific Northwest just 119 years ago when Seattle was already a bustling, modern metropolis.

Injustices: Seattle’s Brutal Past with Chinese Immigrants

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The U.S. Congress appropriated $276,619.15 as full indemnity for losses incurred by the Chinese residents.  As a final indignity the settlement was paid to the Chinese government, not to the injured parties.