History Section

Celebrate Des Moines Memorial Drive & World War I at Burien Library Nov. 18

Celebrate Des Moines Memorial Drive & World War I at Burien Library Nov. 18

Humanities Washington, The Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Association, and the King County Library, Burien Branch, invite the community to an engaging conversation with Lorraine McConaghy, a member... [Read more]

REMINDER: History, Beer, UFOs & ‘Maury Island Incident’ Thursday night!

REMINDER: History, Beer, UFOs & ‘Maury Island Incident’ Thursday night!

REMINDER: The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things... [Read more]

Highline High School celebrating final homecoming in current building this week

Highline High School celebrating final homecoming in current building this week

“The minute you come here, you’re already part of the fabric. If you’re a Pirate, you’re part of a big family and that family has history.” Highline High School’s final... [Read more]

CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

CLIFF’S EDGE: An opportunity to reconnect with my family’s past

Along with retirement has come the opportunity for me to work with my wife on genealogy research of our respective families. We’ve been pursuing it off and on for several years, but it seems particularly... [Read more]

History, Beer, Flying Saucers & ‘Maury Island Incident’ film Thurs., Oct. 26

History, Beer, Flying Saucers & ‘Maury Island Incident’ film Thurs., Oct. 26

The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things flying saucers... [Read more]

Historian Feliks Banel will discuss Northwest Radio History on Sun., Oct. 15

Historian Feliks Banel will discuss Northwest Radio History on Sun., Oct. 15

Join the Highline Historical Society for a special program next Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15 (the Seahawks have a bye), when local historian Feliks Banel will speak about Northwest Radio History at SeaTac... [Read more]

Open House for historic Des Moines ‘Red House’ will be Saturday, Oct. 28

Open House for historic Des Moines ‘Red House’ will be Saturday, Oct. 28

An Open House for the historic Van Gasken ‘Red House’ Property will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the house at 402 S. 222nd Street (map below). “Join the City of... [Read more]

Get the scoop on Highline High’s façade straight from architects Oct. 19

Get the scoop on Highline High’s façade straight from architects Oct. 19

The public is invited to ‘get the scoop’ on Highline High School’s façade straight from the architects at an ‘Ask the Architects’ community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19. This... [Read more]

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Ben Butler’ is a witty and eye-opening historical comedy

REVIEW: BAT’s ‘Ben Butler’ is a witty and eye-opening historical comedy

At left, Major Cary (Dave Tucker) of the Confederate State of Virginia demands that Major Benjamin Butler (Michael Mendonsa) of the Union Army return escaped slaves while Lieutenant Kelly (center) looks... [Read more]

LETTER: Former Normandy Park Mayor upset about losing Highline High façade

LETTER: Former Normandy Park Mayor upset about losing Highline High façade

[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. This Letter comes from the Correspondence... [Read more]

After tech evaluation, looks like Highline High’s front façade cannot be saved

After tech evaluation, looks like Highline High’s front façade cannot be saved

Highline Public Schools on Monday (Sept. 25) announced that – after a full evaluation – the technical team has concluded that the front façade/north wall of Highline High School is “not stable enough to be safely shored up…

Celebrate UFOs – including The Maury Island Incident – with Beer(!) Oct. 26

Celebrate UFOs – including The Maury Island Incident – with Beer(!) Oct. 26

The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things flying saucers... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Beam signing commemorates new Highline Heritage Museum

PHOTOS: Beam signing commemorates new Highline Heritage Museum

Local dignitaries, board members, donors and other citizens were invited to sign the ‘last beam’ at the under-construction Highline Heritage Musuem at 819 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien on... [Read more]

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

We first posted this video on July 4, 2010, but we love it so much we thought it was worth a rerun on this national holiday: Out of the red, white and blue, it occurred to us that our third President,... [Read more]

Sponsored Post FREE ‘Beginning your Genealogy’ class at El Dorado West on Saturday, June 3

FREE ‘Beginning your Genealogy’ class at El Dorado West on Saturday, June 3

Designed by Freepik A FREE “Beginning your Genealogy” class will be held at El Dorado West Retirement Community (1010 SW 134th Street) on Saturday, June 3, starting at 3:30 p.m. “Interested... [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]

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]

Learn about ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid-Story of Roy Olmstead’ on Wed. May 10

Learn about ‘The Woodmont Dock Raid-Story of Roy Olmstead’ on Wed. May 10

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 on Wednesday,... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Learn about ‘American Rage: Division & Anger in US Politics’ on Sunday, Oct. 9

Learn about ‘American Rage: Division & Anger in US Politics’ on Sunday, Oct. 9

Learn about ‘American Rage: Division and Anger in US Politics’ at Highline Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, to be held at SeaTac City Hall (4800 S. 188th) on Sunday, Oct, 9 at 1... [Read more]