History Section

Burien’s 96th annual Independence Day Parade will follow a new route this year

Burien’s 96th annual Independence Day Parade will follow a new route this year

Proudly in its 96th year, the City of Burien’s 4th of July Independence Day parade is the oldest and one of the best attended in King County, and this year it will follow a new route. The parade is also... [Read more]

Burien Film Festival will kick-off with outdoor screening of cartoons on June 22

Burien Film Festival will kick-off with outdoor screening of cartoons on June 22

To open its 2017 event, the Burien Film Festival will be holding an outdoor screening of old-school silent cartoons with live musical accompaniment on Thursday, June 22. This FREE, all-ages event will... [Read more]

Award-winning ‘Maury Island Incident’ film (& presentation) will be Sun., June 11

Award-winning ‘Maury Island Incident’ film (& presentation) will be Sun., June 11

The locally-produced, award-winning film “The Maury Island Incident” will screen – along with a presentation by filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer – at the Northwest Film Forum... [Read more]

We finally found out who Burien’s ‘Peter Western Bridge’ was named after…

We finally found out who Burien’s ‘Peter Western Bridge’ was named after…

After we posted numerous stories about the closing and demolition of Burien’s Peter Western Bridge, we received a few inquiries asking things like “who the heck was Peter Western?” –... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight

PHOTOS: Sneak peek of Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight

On Thursday morning (May 18), Elston and Jackline Hill had the privilege of attending the press preview of the new Apollo exhibit at the Museum of Flight, which opens this Saturday, May 20. The centerpiece... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid Story of Roy Olmstead’ is TONIGHT

REMINDER: ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid Story of Roy Olmstead’ is TONIGHT

REMINDER: Local historian/lawyer/writer Steve Edmiston (pictured, left) will present ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid – Story of Roy Olmstead’ at a fundraiser for the Des Moines Historical Society... [Read more]

See long-lost rocket engines at Museum of Flight’s ‘Apollo Exhibit,’ opening May 20

See long-lost rocket engines at Museum of Flight’s ‘Apollo Exhibit,’ opening May 20

By Devin Otto Intern, Big Picture High School The Museum of Flight in Tukwila will finally be opening their long awaited exhibit. The Apollo Exhibit, which was announced a few years back and confirmed... [Read more]

After 70 years, historic business Furney’s Nursery will be closing

After 70 years, historic business Furney’s Nursery will be closing

After 70 years in business in Des Moines, Furney’s Nursery announced on Monday, April 24 that it will be closing at the end of May. Staff from the historic nursery, located at 21215 Pacific Highway... [Read more]

Larry Snyder will talk storytelling at Film Office Happy Hour May 2, which will include a Food Bank fundraiser

Larry Snyder will talk storytelling at Film Office Happy Hour May 2, which will include a Food Bank fundraiser

Young Reflections Photography Where do stories come from? How do we know anyone will care? How can I tell my stories in the most meaningful way? Although these are challenging questions for any of us to... [Read more]

South King Media’s Scott Schaefer awarded ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ by Rotary

South King Media’s Scott Schaefer awarded ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ by Rotary

South King Media Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer was honored Wednesday (April 5) with a Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, WA. The award was presented at the Rotary... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s annual online auction fundraiser is now live

Highline Historical Society’s annual online auction fundraiser is now live

Left to right: Construction Manager Pat Patterson, Trustees Kitty Milne, Cyndi Upthegrove, Jeff Taylor and Bob Frey as demolition for the new museum at SW 152nd and Ambaum begins. The annual Highline... [Read more]

‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: Maury Island Incident’ at Norwescon April 13

‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: Maury Island Incident’ at Norwescon April 13

Local filmmakers and historians Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer will be presenting ‘J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: The Maury Island Incident’ at the 40th Annual Norwescon from 3 – 5... [Read more]

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss Sunday at BAT

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss Sunday at BAT

Back by popular demand – has American politics always been so crazy? Come find out from Cornell Clayton, Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington... [Read more]

Poet Shin Yu Pai will discuss artist-poet collaborations at Burien Library April 5

Poet Shin Yu Pai will discuss artist-poet collaborations at Burien Library April 5

Discover the fascinating work that can result when visual arts and poetry collide when Poet Shin Yu Pai discusses the history of artist-poet collaborations at the Burien Library on Wednesday, April 5. She... [Read more]

Whoops! Facade wall of old building being demolished for new museum falls over

Whoops! Facade wall of old building being demolished for new museum falls over

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Over this last weekend, as construction workers were carefully tearing down an old building on a lot that will soon be the new home for the Highline Heritage Museum,... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I believe your inaction has caused Burien to become insolvent…’

LETTER: ‘I believe your inaction has caused Burien to become insolvent…’

[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:] Dear Council Members, I believe your inaction... [Read more]

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away; memorial March 10

Former Blog Sales Manager Janet Grella has passed away; memorial March 10

Janet Garrott Grella: October 2, 1949 – February 23, 2017 Janet and her husband Michael. On a scooter in Italy. We’re incredibly sad to report that Janet Garrott Grella – South King Media’s... [Read more]

Happy Birthday Burien! The city was incorporated 24 years ago today

Happy Birthday Burien! The city was incorporated 24 years ago today

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BURIEN! – 24 years ago today – Feb. 28, 1993 – the City of Burien was incorporated! Residents voted to incorporate by a 2-1 margin on March 10, 1992, and on Feb. 28 the next year,... [Read more]

Local Historians seek state recognition for infamous 1947 flying disc story

Local Historians seek state recognition for infamous 1947 flying disc story

Local historic group the Maury Island Incident Historical Society (“MIIHS”) has submitted a Resolution to Washington State Senators Karen Keiser (33rd District) and Sharon Nelson (34th District)... [Read more]

Burien ‘will continue to suffer’ from airplane noise, city says in FAA petition

Burien ‘will continue to suffer’ from airplane noise, city says in FAA petition

By Jack Mayne The City of Burien has filed a petition for review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to turn jet-prop airliners over Burien causing unexpected and unusual airplane... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Due to storm damage, Peter Western Bridge closed until further notice

FOLLOWUP: Due to storm damage, Peter Western Bridge closed until further notice

Photos courtesy City of Burien FOLLOWUP: As we first reported last Friday, Feb. 10, the City of Burien has closed the Peter Western Bridge – located at S. 116th Street, between Military and 24th... [Read more]

4Culture offering grant money for creative projects; deadlines are March 1 & 8

4Culture offering grant money for creative projects; deadlines are March 1 & 8

The Three Yells present Giselle Deconstruct. Photo by Tim Summers. 4Culture – King County’s cultural funding agency – is currently offering grants to support projects for individuals and groups... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking nominations for its ‘Citizen of the Year’; deadline is Feb. 10

City of Burien seeking nominations for its ‘Citizen of the Year’; deadline is Feb. 10

The City of Burien is seeking nominations for its ‘Citizen of the Year,’ with the deadline set for Feb. 10, 2017: Do you know someone who has improved the quality of life in Burien? Do you... [Read more]

Highline High School class of 1967’s 50th Reunion will be Sept. 16, 2017

Highline High School class of 1967’s 50th Reunion will be Sept. 16, 2017

Highline High School’s class of 1967 will be celebrating its 50th Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Rainier Golf and Country Club. Additional information is available at the class website: www.highlinehigh1967.net. Rainier... [Read more]