Retro Rager

40 Years Ago, Boeing Threw a Party for the Record Books

Will the first person back in Seattle pick up 2,000 pounds of glitter?

08/20/2019 By Stefan Milne

Explainer

The Seattle Public Library Has a Long, Illustrious History

(Practically) everything you’ve ever wanted to know about our bookish institution—including the levy on your ballot.

07/23/2019 By Jaime Archer

O Say Can You Rock

Jimi Hendrix's “Star-Spangled Banner” Turns 50

At Woodstock, Seattle’s iconic guitarist changed the national anthem—and maybe music—forever.

07/23/2019 By James Ross Gardner

A Time Before Rainier

Should Mount Rainier Revert to Its Original Moniker?

Local Indian tribes lived around a mountain they called Tahoma for centuries, and their legacy struggles to hold on.

07/23/2019 By Allison Williams

Pride In Our Past

Seattle’s Gay Bar Scene Is Changing—and That’s a Good Thing

We've come a long way. But there's still more work to do.

06/27/2019 By Sam Jones

Dock Watchers

Where to Spot Seattle's Most Venerable Vessels

These seven boats have illustrious histories.

05/29/2019 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Jane Sherman

Art & Craft

This Tiny School Builds Boats the Old Way

Out on the Olympic Peninsula, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding brings new life to seagoing tradition.

05/29/2019 By Allison Williams

Brawl on a Boat

The Biggest Riot on a Ferry You've Never Heard Of

The infamous story of punks gone wild.

04/23/2019 By Rosin Saez

The Sound and the Ferry

An Abridged Account of Puget Sound's Maritime Past

However drastically fleets have changed over the years, they've always been a steadfast icon in Seattle history.

04/23/2019 By Rosin Saez and Anne Dennon

Explainer

Seattle Labor Unions Then and Now

The city’s worker movement was, and remains, a prominent force in the political scene. But what’s changed and what’s stayed the same?

03/26/2019 By Rosin Saez

Presently Preserved

Kobo at Higo Marries Modern-Day Japantown with Its Past

Binko Chiong-Bisbee and John Bisbee reimagined the landmark Higo Variety Store as an art gallery and shop.

02/26/2019 By Rosin Saez

The Future, Illuminated

A Reimagined Louisa Hotel Heralds a New Era in Chinatown

The Woo siblings honor their father's legacy by turning the long-vacant building into apartments.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Lexicon

What to Call the District

In this neighborhood, even the name is complex.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle History

Chinatown–International District Is a Neighborhood of Activism

Brush up on the C–ID's famous faces and names.

02/26/2019 By Allison Williams

Where to Explore

The Wing Luke Is a Museum Without Walls

And it considers its neighborhood one big exhibit.

02/26/2019 By Allison Williams

Cover Story

New Adventures in the Historic Chinatown–International District

Shop, slurp noodles, and take in the story of Seattle’s most singular neighborhood.

02/26/2019 Edited by Allecia Vermillion Photography by Chona Kasinger Illustrations by Junichi Tsuneoka

Concrete Crumble

KUOW and Cafe Nordo Are Holding a Wake for the Viaduct

Shed a tear for your old commute time. Raise a glass to the fallen bridge.

01/23/2019 By Rosin Saez

Slope Stories

A Short History of Washington's Bygone Ski Hills

Over the years, some of the state’s ski mountains proved as ephemeral as snowflakes.

12/18/2018 By Christina Ausley

History

100 Years of Seattle Music

The century-long story of our city's definitive art form.

11/20/2018 By Stefan Milne

Explainer

A Brief History of the Occult in Seattle

Maybe it’s the dreary weather. Maybe it’s our seedy history. One thing’s for sure: Seattle and the supernatural go way back.

09/11/2018 By Jaime Archer