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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 regularly brought me into...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion    March 5, 2020

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 Cup showing the...

 

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, and although it is...

 

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 resident of...

 

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 narrative. When I was...

 

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 thought it might be...

 

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 Fort Flagler on...

 

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 survived in the shadow of...

 

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, you must go to Olympi...

 

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 story "The Egg and I"...

 

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 of the perks as a...

 

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. But...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 26, 2019

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 Peninsula. Union P...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 21, 2019

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 Peninsula. Union P...

 

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 ghost towns or...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    News    April 5, 2019

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 Tyler Thompson,...

 

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 it is to reconcile...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General    March 8, 2019

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 major event, but...

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    General    March 2, 2019

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? It’s the Edmonds...

 

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. instead of in front of...

 

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 the railroad. I was...

 

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 Corner and...

 

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. Something over 10,000...

 

The towns that once rivaled Edmonds | History Files

Edmonds is now a city of 40,000. In many states, that would make it a major metropolis. As it is, Edmonds is just a suburb in the Seattle metropolitan area. Edmonds is certainly out-rivaled,...

 

My grandfather, the cattle rustler | History Files

I intended to write about the man who, more than any other, has framed our perceptions of the Old West. And I was going to write about his connection to Puget Sound. But, as I researched and...

 

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