History

Meet Brad Holden, Seattle’s Unofficial Historian

Virtually anything that represents the past is fair game

Historian and author Brad Holden holds an original Prohibition-era closure notification police would post on businesses caught selling alcohol.

Rob Smith

Find your Perfect Throwback Cocktail

These 10 drinks may not be top of mind, but all pack a punch as well as some colorful history

Many are saying once the pandemic fades, we’ll experience a Roaring ’20s decade similar to 100 years ago. So, with…

Rob Smith

These Cold War Artifacts Feel Eerily Relevant in 2018

A time capsule museum exhibit examines the impacts of citizen-led diplomacy during the Cold War.

If it’s eerie to view an exhibit of historical artifacts about a subject still dominating headlines today—say, what to do…

Gwendolyn Elliott

KeyArena’s Iconic Roof Isn’t Going Anywhere

Granting the arena landmark status could mean millions for developers.

KeyArena’s sloped roof will remain part of Seattle’s skyline.

Knute Berger

Seattle Center’s Space Age Ground Zero is Worth Remembering, if Not Saving

The city is considering granting the piece of Seattle history landmark status.

A World’s Fair crowd lined up outside the NASA Pavilion in 1962.

Knute Berger

How the Ballard Locks Changed Seattle Forever

As we celebrate 100 years since the construction of the Ballard locks and ship canal, we look back on how carving out Seattle’s waterways forever reshaped our landscape and economy.

The site where the Ballard locks were to be built needed to be kept dry, so a cofferdam was erected around the construction area, seen in this photo taken in 1915.

Niki Stojnic, In partnership with Jennifer Ott, David Williams and the staff of HistoryLink

Tumultuous Capitol Hill Neighborhood is a Beacon of Change

Walking through one of Seattle's oldest 'hoods, Steve Scher discovers that while the future looms in every direction, each step takes you through the past.

The Rainier Chapter House of the Daughters was modeled after Mount Vernon.

Steve Scher

Space Needle Renovation Plans Embrace Future and Past

In some ways, what's old is new with the Needle's $100 million makeover.

The Space Needle architect’s model featured a tall glass barrier on the observation deck that was never built. Until now.

Knute Berger

Remembering the Carousel Room: Seattle’s First Hotel Cocktail Lounge

The "martini store," as regulars call it, is still cranking out cocktails.

In 1952, locals enjoyed 80-cent Calliope Cocktails in the Carousel Room of the Mayflower Park Hotel, a space now occupied by Oliver’s

Tim Appelo

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