History Section

Burien Elks donate free dictionaries to third graders at Bow Lake Elementary

Burien Elks donate free dictionaries to third graders at Bow Lake Elementary

10,000 Reasons to Give Third grade students at Bow Lake Elementary were smiling Monday afternoon (Dec. 10) after receiving free dictionaries from the Burien Elks #2143. The Dictionary Project was founded... [Read more]

Happy Birthday to us – 11 years ago today, The B-Town Blog started publishing!

Happy Birthday to us – 11 years ago today, The B-Town Blog started publishing!

Happy 11th Birthday to Us! We Love You! Eleven years ago today – on Dec. 11, 2007 – we pushed the “Publish” button for the first time on The B-Town Blog, with the hopes of providing an... [Read more]

City of Burien seeking nominations for ‘Citizen of the Year’; deadline is Feb. 15

City of Burien seeking nominations for ‘Citizen of the Year’; deadline is Feb. 15

The City of Burien is now accepting Nominations for its 2019 ‘Citizen of the Year’ award, with a deadline to submit of Feb. 15, 2019. “Do you know someone who has improved the quality... [Read more]

After 16 years, Para Los Niños Executive Director Lupita Torrez is stepping down

After 16 years, Para Los Niños Executive Director Lupita Torrez is stepping down

Para Los Niños Executive Director Lupita Torrez announced Thursday (Dec. 6) that she is stepping down from the Burien non-profit. Torrez has led the organization since 2002. “I am very thankful... [Read more]

VIDEO: Poet-in-Residence Raúl Sánchez reads his original poem to City Council

VIDEO: Poet-in-Residence Raúl Sánchez reads his original poem to City Council

Burien’s Poet-in-Residence Raúl Sánchez read ‘Bountiful Burien,’ his new, original poem about Burien to the City Council at Monday night’s regular meeting. Managed by former Burien... [Read more]

OBIT: Longtime Burien businessman Jim Hughes has passed; memorial Dec. 22

OBIT: Longtime Burien businessman Jim Hughes has passed; memorial Dec. 22

James (Jim) Richard Hughes 1948 ~ 2018 Jim Hughes, 70, of Burien, WA passed away on November 21, 2018 from cardiac arrest. Jim was born in Chicago on June 7, 1948 to Richard and Jean (Wirtz) Hughes. The... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Peter Western Bridge construction to begin in early 2019

FOLLOWUP: Peter Western Bridge construction to begin in early 2019

Construction on the Peter Western Bridge – which suffered from storm damage and was demolished in May, 2017 – will begin in early 2019, the City of Burien announced. The bridge, located in the 2200... [Read more]

It’s all in the family – Kennedy QB Sam Huard commits to UW Huskies

It’s all in the family – Kennedy QB Sam Huard commits to UW Huskies

Kennedy Catholic High School’s sophomore quarterback Sam Huard announced on Friday, Nov. 23 that he has committed to the University of Washington Huskies, just like his Dad Damon and Uncle Brock. Committed.... [Read more]

Man In Black Friday special: Watch ‘The Maury Island Incident’ for 50% off!

Man In Black Friday special: Watch ‘The Maury Island Incident’ for 50% off!

Why brave all the kooky, crazy crowds when you can stay warm and cozy inside and watch the locally-produced, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at an out-of-this-world 50% OFF... [Read more]

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive’s Holiday Open House is this weekend

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive’s Holiday Open House is this weekend

Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive is holding its annual free Holiday Open House this weekend – Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to see the Boeing... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘Engaging Trees’ series continues this Sunday at Burien Library

REMINDER: ‘Engaging Trees’ series continues this Sunday at Burien Library

REMINDER: SoCoCulture’s FREE ‘Engaging Trees’ series will continue this Sunday, Nov. 18, with Seattle Times environmental reporter and author of “Witness Tree,” Lynda Mapes, who... [Read more]

Highline High Alumni Profile: Cori Allan

Highline High Alumni Profile: Cori Allan

From our friends at the Highline High Alumni Association: After graduating from Highline High School in 2011, Cori Allan attended Western Washington University, where she earned two Bachelor’s Degrees,... [Read more]

Fire Dept. seeking donations for Holiday Outreach, and here’s how to help

Fire Dept. seeking donations for Holiday Outreach, and here’s how to help

This holiday season will be the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department’s 31st year of serving families in the Cities of Burien and Normandy Park, as well as the community of White Center. King County... [Read more]

VIDEO: Vintage ‘Miss Burien’ hydroplane returns to the water at Lake Chelan

VIDEO: Vintage ‘Miss Burien’ hydroplane returns to the water at Lake Chelan

At one time – in the 1950s-60s – the city of Burien had its very own mascot hydroplane – the aptly-named ‘Miss Burien.’ She never won a race, but for a scrappy boat with a relatively... [Read more]

Suz Muse: I miss those neighbors

Suz Muse: I miss those neighbors

By Suzanne Greive I had an elderly neighbor that I wanted to befriend. Although every time I tried, he turned away. I would wave and he would walk away. I would say hello and he would not reply. Finally,... [Read more]

‘The Maury Island Incident’ Mural has found a new home – in Des Moines

‘The Maury Island Incident’ Mural has found a new home – in Des Moines

During the filming of the award-winning film “The Maury Island Incident,” a local artist named Nancy Pahl was commissioned by Executive Producer John White to create a mural that visually... [Read more]

OBIT: Elizabeth Martin Williams, 83; memorial will be Thursday, Nov. 8

OBIT: Elizabeth Martin Williams, 83; memorial will be Thursday, Nov. 8

Elizabeth Williams, 1935 – 2018 Elizabeth Martin Williams, age 83, passed away peacefully September 20, 2018 due to Pulmonary Fibrosis, a chronic and progressive lung disease. She was born August 10,... [Read more]

Signal Box Art Project completed, beautifying 10 of B-Town’s utility boxes

Signal Box Art Project completed, beautifying 10 of B-Town’s utility boxes

The Burien Signal Box Art Project was completed this week, with ten wonderful, beautiful new installations on what used to be drab, gray metal utility boxes located around B-Town. The ten new pieces are... [Read more]

Veteran’s Day Celebration will be Sunday, Nov. 11 at Sunnydale Memorial Wall

Veteran’s Day Celebration will be Sunday, Nov. 11 at Sunnydale Memorial Wall

A Veteran’s Day Celebration will be held at the Sunnydale Memorial Wall on Des Moines Memorial Drive on Sunday, Nov. 11. An outside ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by an inside Open House... [Read more]