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 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

How the counties got their shapes | History Files

Have you visited Ferguson County lately? Maybe you just drove through and didn’t stop. Maybe the name just doesn’t sound familiar. That’s OK. Few people can rattle off the... — Updated 6/4/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Who knew? Washington's shared distinction in American history | History Files

Washington was admitted to the union Nov. 11, 1889, less than a year before Edmonds was incorporated. Every fourth grader in the state might be able to tell you that snippet of... — Updated 5/7/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Alpine and the Spanish flu | History Files

Author Mary Daheim sent me an email that her cousin Steve Shelley, who is also an author, sent her a message reminding her that during the Spanish flu in 1918-1919 Alpine,... — Updated 4/16/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Coronavirus: The stock market, 1987, and today | History Files

Back in the previous millennium, I was a stockbroker for seven years. I wasn’t a very good stockbroker because I rebelled against selling the high-profit products and that... — Updated 3/19/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The Stanley Cup and the Spanish flu | History Files

The Stanley Cup still bears evidence of the Spanish flu, more than 100 years after the event. A couple of years ago I asked my friend Billy Gleeson to take a picture of the Stanley... — Updated 3/5/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Technology Corridor: History worthy of remembrance | History Files

Driving near Paine Field recently, I saw a sign for the Technology Corridor. I didn’t realize any of those signs still existed. For the Technology Corridor is mostly forgotten,... — Updated 2/20/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

History in perspective | History Files

In studying history, like art and architecture, perspective is paramount. An acquaintance sent me a note, probably paraphrased of what he had read in an old journal from an early... — Updated 2/6/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Lore vs. history | History Files

I have heard various people complain that the history they remember isn’t taught anymore. And to some extent that is true. Many voices had been left out of the historical... — Updated 1/30/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Our washaway coast, and the upcoming sea rise | History Files

I saw a high-school classmate posted a photo from Grays Harbor County on Facebook. It turned out to be the Moclips Hotel collapsing into the ocean. Before I read the caption I had... — Updated 1/23/2020

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Protecting Puget Sound: The Triangle of Fire | History Files

Washington has some lovely state parks that were once a part of the coast defense system. Fort Casey on Whidbey Island was one of the forts. Also Fort Worden at Port Townsend, and... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Snohomish County stock index: 25 years later | History Files

Twenty-five years ago, I began to calculate the Abarim Snohomish County Stock Index . My hope for the index was that it would shine light on Snohomish County companies that... — Updated 11/26/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The Cascades tilted, and population slid to the west side | History Files

I think we all realize that western Washington isn’t like what it used to be. The forests we have are different from the forests that were once here. To see an old-growth tree, yo... — Updated 11/21/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The Chimacum | History Files

If you take the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, and then drive to Port Townsend, you will likely drive through Chimacum on Highway 19. A farm near Chimacum was the source of the... — Updated 11/7/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

I'll take 'why should read history,' Alex | History Files

"You have no chance of winning. You are too old and your reflexes are too slow. These young people will all be faster." Such was the cheerful advice of Alex Trebek at dinner. One... — Updated 10/17/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The Seattle Spirit? Towns the railroad bypassed | History Files

I grew up in Seattle. Washington state history was in the curriculum one year; another year included U.S. history. One year in elementary school, we were taught Seattle history.... — Updated 9/12/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

Railroads: What might have been

Thanks to William Russ, an article from 1907 in the Aberdeen Herald passed through my hands. The article reported the competing railroad plans to build belt lines around the Olympic... — Updated 6/26/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

Railroads: What might have been | History Files

Thanks to William Russ, an article from 1907 in the Aberdeen Herald passed through my hands. The article reported the competing railroad plans to build belt lines around the Olympic... — Updated 6/21/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

A few historic gifts from Edmonds’ past | History Files

People give me things because they know that I am interested in history. Some of the things are given to me as gifts for me, such as a set of photos of cabooses, or books about... — Updated 4/24/2019 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    News

Celebrating Edgar Martinez on Opening Day

The display on my phone came from the 509 area code. I almost didn't answer, and waited several rings before I did. A young-sounding man on the other end identified himself as... — Updated 4/5/2019 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

Edmonds didn’t record history well | History Files

"History is written by the winners." I have seen that quote attributed to George Orwell, Napoleon and, more recently, Dan Brown. The phrase itself represents how difficult... — Updated 3/20/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

The deadliest natural disaster in Northwest history | History Files

Pop quiz. What was the deadliest natural disaster in the Northwest, in terms of loss? I bet I get a lot of Mount St. Helens answers. The infamous eruption of May 18, 1980, was a... — Updated 3/8/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

The historic Edmonds calendar, and the photo that didn’t make it | History Files

Have you picked up your 2019 Historic Edmonds calendar? At last report, two boxes of calendars remained. Have you ever given any thought to how that calendar comes into being?... — Updated 3/2/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Edgar’s in the Hall: My work is done | Guest View

Like most baseball fans in Seattle, I have been an Edgar Martinez fan for many years. My first remembrance is that I thought that Edgar should be batting behind Ken Griffey Jr. inst... — Updated 1/22/2019 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

The railroad in Edmonds: A link to the world | History Files

The railroad is a source of controversy in Edmonds. Many wish it weren’t here. But if you ask in many other towns in the state, most would say that Edmonds was fortunate to have... — Updated 1/13/2019

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General

Holmes Corner a corner among corners | History Files

Holmes Corner in Edmonds at 212th Street SW and 76th Avenue West isn’t the only corner around. There’s Thrasher’s Corner, Turner’s Corner, Murphy’s Corner, Wintermute’s... — Updated 1/2/2019

 

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