Seattle history

Cold War Legacy
6:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Boeing Engineer Reveals Secrets Behind Cold War Missile Program

Retired engineer Dan Witmer stands by a defunct Minuteman missile silo where he used to work in the 1960s. The silo is located just off East Marginal Way, across the street from the Museum of Flight.
Credit KUOW Photo/Sarah Waller

There’s a mysterious object standing in a parking lot just eight miles south of downtown Seattle. From the surface, it looks like a grayish-green dome on a pile of rubble. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a forgotten link to Seattle’s Cold War past. 

Retired Boeing engineer Dan Witmer is one of the few remaining people in Seattle who knows what that dome is covering up: a defunct Minuteman missile silo.

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Happy Anniversary!
4:42 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Seattle's Dick's Drive-In Celebrates 60 Years Of Burgers, Fries And Reasonable Wages

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

In January, Seattle's very own Dick’s Drive-In celebrates its 60th year serving up a simple menu of burgers, fries and shakes.

Phrases like “adapt or die” may be common business mantras these days, but for Dick’s, doing things the same old way is their secret to success. With the exception of the quarter pound burgers and diet soda, a Dick’s restaurant today is pretty much the same as it was in 1954 according to Jim Spady, vice president of and son of founder Dick Spady. Jim Spady spoke with Ross Reynolds on location at the original Dick's in the Wallingford neighborhood.

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Vintage Seattle
1:06 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle's History In High Resolution

Library of Congress

Ever wondered what Seattle looked like after the Great Fire or what Dick's looked like in the 1950s? Vintage Seattle is piecing together Seattle's history with beautiful, high-resolution images of its architecture, landmarks and historical events. The blog's stated mission is to "help us find our way forward by looking back."

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Beloved Descendent Remembered
5:14 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Pacific Northwest Pioneer Descendant Brewster Denny Dead at 88

Brewster Denny, dean emeritus of the Evans School of Public Affairs, completes his plan of ringing the Denny Bell to announce Homecoming for a half century.
Mary Levin UW Photography

Seattle pioneer descendant Brewster Denny passed away this past Saturday from natural causes. He was 88 years old.  Denny spent much of his life as a champion of local history, and for many, he was a living embodiment of Seattle’s pioneer era.

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History
4:32 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Founding The University Of Washington, One Student At A Time

The original University of Washington, built in 1861 by Daniel Bagley and Arthur Denny, near what's now the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Wikipedia/public domain

The University of Washington is a respected institution of higher learning, serving more than 92,000 students on campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma. But it didn’t quite start out this way; in its first 25 years, the school went broke and even shut down for a brief time. It barely had enough students and faculty to fill a large room.

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