History Section

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

The Highline Historical Society is asking: “Is there a Van Gogh in your garage?“ Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Seahurst Park… Then and Now

PHOTOS: Seahurst Park… Then and Now

In honor of Seahurst Park re-opening to the public after an extensive restoration of the north shoreline, BTB photographer Michael Brunk assembled this gallery of unpublished photos shot at the park. In... [Read more]

The Hi-Liners to celebrate anniversaries of entertaining Burien audiences

The Hi-Liners to celebrate anniversaries of entertaining Burien audiences

“Once a Hi-Liner, always a Hi-Liner” has been the rallying call since the organization was founded in 1966, and has been reiterated each year since 1994 when MainStage first took to the Highline PAC... [Read more]

REMINDER: Newly-restored Seahurst Park will re-open Monday, Aug. 25

REMINDER: Newly-restored Seahurst Park will re-open Monday, Aug. 25

Photos courtesy Burien Parks. Click images to see larger versions. REMINDER: Burien’s Seahurst Park will re-open at 8 a.m. this coming Monday, Aug. 25, allowing park visitors the chance to enjoy the... [Read more]

‘The Maury Island Incident’ UFO film premieres as series on IndieFlix today

‘The Maury Island Incident’ UFO film premieres as series on IndieFlix today

EDITOR’S NOTE: “The Maury Island Incident” is a short film that was shot and produced locally during the summer of 2013 (including The Tin Room Bar), and released in May, 2014. It was... [Read more]

Waskowitz ‘Biggest Tree’ contest goes through August; do you know of one?

Waskowitz ‘Biggest Tree’ contest goes through August; do you know of one?

Burien resident Kent Horton has a long history with Camp Waskowitz, the Highline School District’s outdoor education center located in North Bend. As a sixth grader in the Highline School District,... [Read more]

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

Burien Council wrestles with new meeting rules, keeping ‘significant’ trees

by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council wants to change and upgrade the way it conducts meetings, eying ways to change and update the previous Council’s rules. It also got a report on retaining trees in... [Read more]

Local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ to be IndieFlix’ ‘original series’

Local UFO film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ to be IndieFlix’ ‘original series’

“The Maury Island Incident” – a short film that was shot locally in the Burien area last summer – has been turned into a 6-part original series and will premiere on Seattle-based IndieFlix,... [Read more]

Seahurst Park set to re-open in August

Seahurst Park set to re-open in August

New fish ladder at Seahurst Park Beach. Construction crews are in the final stages of the Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Project, with a public opening planned for late August, the City of Burien announced. Crews... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Family Treasures’ Workshop is July 23

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Family Treasures’ Workshop is July 23

Learn how to care for your family treasures at a workshop being taught by Highline Historical Society curator Nancy Salguero McKay on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m…

PHOTOS: Readers share their photos & stories of the 4th in Burien

PHOTOS: Readers share their photos & stories of the 4th in Burien

BTB Reader Ethan Busse, 16, shared this great photo he took of the fireworks at Three Tree Point (click image to see larger version): New Burien resident Elston J. Hill also celebrated the 4th of July... [Read more]

REMINDER: Independence Day Parade starts at 3pm on Friday; here’s a Map!

REMINDER: Independence Day Parade starts at 3pm on Friday; here’s a Map!

REMINDER: Burien’s 93rd Annual Independence Day Parade will start at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 4th (we’re Media Sponsors), and the weather peeps are calling for “mostly cloudy, with a high... [Read more]

REMINDER: City reminds residents that fireworks are illegal in Burien

REMINDER: City reminds residents that fireworks are illegal in Burien

With the July 4th holiday fast approaching, the City of Burien wants to remind residents that the sale, possession or discharge of any fireworks is prohibited. “Burien Police will have extra patrols... [Read more]

LETTER: Debi Wagner’s letter to Port Commissioner about Airport Toxins

LETTER: Debi Wagner’s letter to Port Commissioner about Airport Toxins

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Hello John (Creighton): These comments are my... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society reaps awards for ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit

Highline Historical Society reaps awards for ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit

The Highline Historical Society has been reaping acclaim and honors for its ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit, which ran from October through December last year…

Burien Veteran Gregory Knox graduates from King County’s HERO Program

Burien Veteran Gregory Knox graduates from King County’s HERO Program

Gregory Knox, one of six veterans who graduated Friday from King County’s Heroes Employment Reintegration Opportunity (HERO) Program. After working six months in a 30-hour per week internship at... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

BEFORE: This tall, historic Sequoia tree located on a lot on SW 160th may have been over 100 years old, but that didn’t prevent it from being cut down on April 28, 2014. AFTER: The tree was cut down... [Read more]

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

From the 1960s through the 1980s, 6th-graders in the Highline School District came home from their week at Camp Waskowitz with a fir seedling to plant in their yards as a reminder of lessons about forestry and conservation…

Local Author/Artist Virginia Wright seeking photos for new book about Burien

Local Author/Artist Virginia Wright seeking photos for new book about Burien

Three Tree Point resident Virginia Wright is putting together a new book on the history of Burien, and is seeking photos. “The book will focus primarily on relatively recent history, and will feature... [Read more]

Jerry Robinson, Publisher of the Highline Times, has passed away

Jerry Robinson, Publisher of the Highline Times, has passed away

According to a post on the West Seattle Herald website, Highline Times Publisher Jerry Robinson passed away on Monday, May 26. Robinson, who was born in 1920, was 94…

Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, June 14 Highline Garden Tour

Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, June 14 Highline Garden Tour

Tired of mowing the lawn in his backyard, Dennis Baar installed a creek bed in its place. His garden will be on the Highline Garden Tour this year. Carol Lee Harrison relaxes in front of a garden trellis... [Read more]

Demolition begins at old Herr site for new pharmacy; historic Sequoia to be cut

Demolition begins at old Herr site for new pharmacy; historic Sequoia to be cut

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Demolition has begun at the old Herr Lumber/King Buffet lots on SW 160th near First Ave South for a new, 16,882 square foot CVS Pharmacy. The main building of the new... [Read more]

Highline High School All-Class Reunion will be Saturday, May 17

Highline High School All-Class Reunion will be Saturday, May 17

Highline High School’s All-Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the school cafeteria. Cost is $25 per person, and includes lunch, rental of the school and a meet... [Read more]

REMINDER: Kennedy to dedicate Baseball Field to Joe Faccone Friday

REMINDER: Kennedy to dedicate Baseball Field to Joe Faccone Friday

This Friday, March 28, Kennedy Catholic High School will dedicate their home baseball field to long-time coach and staff member, Joe Faccone. The field will be re-named Faccone Field. Mr. Faccone was the... [Read more]

VFW seeking local military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan

VFW seeking local military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan

VFW Post 2413 of Burien is attempting to locate military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are returning to their home in Burien. “We feel it is time to properly honor them for their... [Read more]

2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ will crash land in Olde Burien April Fool’s Day

2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ will crash land in Olde Burien April Fool’s Day

The 2nd annual ‘Burien UFO Festival’ (aka ‘BUFO’) will crash land in Olde Burien on Tuesday, April 1 – April Fool’s Day – beginning at 7 p.m. in and around The Tin Room Bar…