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 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The mystery of 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 9/7/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

On a trek to find a lost waterfall | History Files

Thirteen years ago, I went in search of Anabe Falls with three other Edmonds residents: Michele Harris, Marie Lovell, and Brian Harris. Anabe Falls is east of North Bend, and a... — Updated 7/20/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Visiting erratics, including in Edmonds | History Files

Not all of the history of this region is human history. Before anyone lived here, super-charged geologic forces dug up and dug out our geography – and ice was a major tool.... — Updated 6/22/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

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 even novelist Dan Brown. The phrase itself represents how difficult it is to... — Updated 6/8/2023

 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 5/25/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Edmonds once ended at Walnut Street | History Files

In 1905, the south boundary of Edmonds was Walnut Street. How do I know? A few years ago, Brian Harris gave me a copy of the 1905 map of Snohomish County Road #49. According to the... — Updated 5/4/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

100 years later, Edmonds ferries still going strong

Edmonds is identified with the ferries that shuttle back and forth to Kingston, and a ferry is prominent in the city's logo. No wonder – they've been a part of the Edmonds... — Updated 4/27/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Esperance, and the Edmonds creation myth | History Files

I recently gave a presentation to the Lynnwood Kiwanis, who actually meet in Edmonds at Maplewood Presbyterian Church. Because of the location, I made C.T. Conover a large part of... — Updated 4/13/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Power plants brought – and bring – electricity to Puget Sound | History Files

My mother's parents lost their farm in the southeast corner of Montana, near Ridge, in 1924. They packed up everything they could, like "The Beverly Hillbillies," and left... — Updated 3/23/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Old Amtrak Cascade bistro car ready for viewing | HIstory Files

Talgo 6 trainsets traveled through Edmonds on a daily basis as the Amtrak Cascades for more than two decades. And the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie was able to acquire a... — Updated 3/9/2023

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Historical records provide some answers | History Files

Popular author Mary Daheim died eight months ago. Teresa A. Anderson and I have been helping Mary's family sort through photos and historic records that Mary had collected. Teresa h... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

On watersheds and lost rivers | History Files

Recent trips to Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass and Black River Junction in Renton were learning experiences and reminders of history that is older than usually found in textbooks. I... — Updated 10/27/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Change is gradual, but it's everywhere in Edmonds | History Files

I drive to work every day from Ninth, north of Puget to Harbor Square. I pass the same places over and over. Change is gradual, and it's easy to forget what isn't there anymore. As... — Updated 9/2/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

History: It's all about connections | History Files

A number of years ago, I was sitting on the sofa in the late Mary Daheim's living room. On the end table next to me was a book titled "A Hoghead's Random Railroad Reminiscences."... — Updated 8/18/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

A story with two happy endings | History Files

In my last column, I wrote about former Seattle Mariner third-base coach Rich Donnelly, his daughter Amy, her losing battle with cancer in the 1990s, and a couple of nearly... — Updated 8/4/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Inside baseball: The chicken runs at midnight | History Files

The chicken runs at midnight. This isn't ancient history. Much more recent. It dates from 1992, but it seems appropriate this year when the Mariners may be making a playoff run for... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Towns built, towns wiped out – and forgotten | History Files

I watched a YouTube video presented by "The History Guy," who likes to specialize in forgotten history. The particular episode was about Camp Ellis near Ipava, Illinois. During... — Updated 6/30/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

A road trip, and a still-missing photo | History Files

It was nearly a three-hour drive from Edmonds to Issaquah to Port Orchard. Later in the day, I reversed the route to come home. Why would I do that? In Port Orchard there were... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    News

How Edmonds, and other places, got their names | History Files

I'm the Galloping Ghost of the Japanese coast. You don't hear of me and my crew. But just ask any man off the coast of Japan If he knows of the Trigger Maru. - Constantine N.... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Trivia time: presidents and vice presidents | History Files

I was looking through my old files to find something that I could post on the "Remembering Alpine Washington" Facebook page. I found an old interview granted by Mary Daheim. I also... — Updated 5/26/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The history of Edmonds – as I learned it | History Files

I moved to Edmonds in April 1988. Most of what I thought I knew of Edmonds history was taken from what my four daughters learned in third grade history at Edmonds Elementary. The... — Updated 5/17/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Snohomish County, and its coaching tie to the U-Dub | History Files

I mentioned a few weeks ago that celebrated local author Mary Daheim had died. She had been the voice for the ghost town of Alpine, Washington, a title I have inherited. I also... — Updated 5/5/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

What happened to old depots from 100 years ago? | History Files

We all know the southwest Snohomish County of today. Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, and Brier are the municipalities. But what about 100 years ago? Wher... — Updated 4/21/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The death of Mary Daheim, and a Facebook cancellation | History Files

Two events happened to affect fans of Alpine, Washington, which I've written about extensively for this column. The first was that Mary Daheim died March 30. Mary had been the... — Updated 4/14/2022

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Would you buy a home on the site of an old coal mine? | History Files

In a recent article I mentioned attending a program at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. While there, I met a man who is knowledgeable about the history... — Updated 4/6/2022


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