The Lake Forest Park Mosquito Fleet Pier, 1912
Answer to our September Heritage Trivia Question:
The photographer is standing on the Lake Forest Park Mosquito Fleet pier in 1912 Lake Washington, four years before the opening of the Hiram Chittenden Government Locks, which caused a permanet lowering of the lake. We’re looking back at the main “Park” entrance, also known as the Park “front,” where the Ole Hanson Real Estate Company office stands on a small knoll in the background, awaiting potential property buyers. In September of 1912, the little building is repurposed as Lake Forest Park’s first school house, serving all three children residing in the Park. However, the five acre tract on which the building is perched is about to be offered to the Wurdemann family, who will soon build a large, stately mansion right there at the Park front. So in 1913, the little school is moved to the Alexander H. Reid estate, just around the corner, and in august of 1913 the teacher registered nine pupils for attendance in the new school year. If you attend the Heritage Home Tour on Spetember 21st, 2013, you will have an opportunity to step inside this 100 year old building!
Answer to our August/September 2013 Heritage Trivia Question:
Peat bogs are the “sponges” of our watersheds, and take thousands of years to form. In the case of “Ronald” bog, the peat formation stretches over a mile, up past Cromwell Park, all the way down to twin ponds and beyond, and west toward the slope up 175th St., and east to toward the slope that once defined the land where the I-5 freeway is now. Wild cranberries once grew in the bog, and local Duwamish people counted on the harvest each year. Non-native locals also took advantage of the picking season, until the peat mining operation became the main activity at the site. Peat is a valuable resource throughtout the world and is the precursor to coal formations. In Ireland, peat is mined and burned for fuel. In the United States, it is sold by the tons in commercial nurseries, and used as a rich soil amendment to promote plant growth.
The photographer is standing where today there is a pond, looking west across Meridian, at the new Cordell Hull junior high school, opened in 1959. The body of water is the result of the peat extraction - when the spongy peat is removed, the water is left behind. The school was built on top of the bog, on land where there had once been a blueberry-growing operation. The building began to sink, imperceptably at first, but immediately. Much shimming and raising was done over the years to keep the building afloat, until a recent remodel fixed the problem for good.
The Webster peat mining operation at what is now called Ronald Bog, 1960. The Websters were one of several different local peat operations over the years, at tthis bog and several others in the surrounding community.
Answer to our June 2013 Heritage Trivia Question:
The Pershing Bridge looking south at the intersection of Lord's Road and the North Trunk Road, ca 1914, courtesy of the King County Archives.
Seen here in about 1914, the photographer is standing in the middle what would become Aurora Ave. N., looking south at the bridge that once stood at what is now 155th. The landmark would eventually be called the Pershing Bridge and Pershing Interurban station, named after that famous WWI general. Aurora was originally called the North Trunk Road, a route that was several years, and many arguments, in the making. Initially, it was to be a road that was asphalt-paved closer to town and gravel-covered further out to the county line. Citizens did not like that however, and petitioned for the road to be paved in bricks, just as was planned for a portion of its sister road, the Gehr Erickson Highway, being built at the same time from Bothell to Seattle. The County Commissioners were split on their final decision, but eventually, upon finding a contractor that would give them the price they wanted for a brick job, they gave the citizenry what it demanded. While surveys were accomplished as early as 1909, the paving job didn’t start until July of 1913, with the contractor being given until only December 31st of that year to finish the 6.1 miles from 85th to the County line. It was completed on time, but did not receive the fanfare and celebration that accompanied the completion of the new road on the east side of the community.
When the idea of the North Trunk Road had first been proposed, one of the county commissioners had protested, saying “well, it doesn’t start anywhere and it doesn’t go anywhere!” But eventually, he warmed up to the idea, as it would some day be part of the larger Pacific Highway system envisioned by the Good Roads Association and fore-thinking individuals, such as Judge J.T. Ronald.
Answer to our April 2013 Heritage Trivia Question:
The fallout from a washout, ca 1920, Matt Hansen/Teresa Vollan Collection, SHM
A small stream ran right through the middle of Richmond Beach town center, and was conveniently culverted to keep it out from underfoot. Around 1920, however, a big storm sent more runoff into the stream than the culvert pipes could handle, and the stream turned rogue, washing away the pipes, the fill, and half of NW 195th Place (then called Market Street), at the bottom of the hill. The cafe that had stood for a dozen years at the corner was probably a victim of the disaster.
Answer to our February 2013 Heritage Trivia Question:
Miriam Roger's sister plays with the dog in front of the Roger's new store at 185th and Aurora in 1911.
Well, this could almost be classified as a trick question because the location of the Rogers store was actually revealed in last year’s February trivia question answer (scroll below to find a third image and explanation!) In the 1911 photo, amazingly, the street that would become Highway 99′s Aurora Avenue North is in the foreground, and the semi-cleared path to the left would become Firlands Way. North 185th Street is a wagon trail, unseen in this image. But what a difference a year makes! The 1912 photo tells a very different story. The North Trunk Road, as Highway 99 was originally called, was graded in 1912, and paved with bricks in 1913. We see the nice dirt road, with plumb lines barely showing in the foreground, being readied for paving. The Rogers store was a going concern at this location until about 1928. The official Highway 99 was cut straight through, abandoning the jagged little Firlands Way piece for a more direct route northward. The store building, which stood right in the center of the new road, was demolished, but the business moved to Firlands Way.
Earl Rogers added a post office on the left (west) side of the building shortly after this photo was taken. Firlands Way zig-zags north, past the Biles home and the Steinberger residence, far in the background.
Answer to our November 2012 Heritage Trivia Question:
Charles and Clara McArthur came to Lake Forest Park in 1916. Their first store, at 18512 – Ballinger Way NE, was a wooden structure. Their new home was directly behind the store. In 1929, they leased the store to someone else, and shortly thereafter, it burned to the ground. This was the second fire their family had endured, as their first home, built in 1916 on Sunrise Terrace, had also succumbed to fire. This time, they thought better of replacing the store with a wood building, and constructed the new one of masonry. They lived upstairs in the new building for a number years, selling it in 1944. Notice the difference in the background landscape. In both views, we’re looking northwest; the modern view is somewhat more westerly.
The McArthurs' 1918 store was only the second store in the area to serve Lake Forest Park residents.
Today's "Whizz Kids Academy" on Ballinger Way NE was built as a "mom and pop" general store in 1930.
Answer to our June 2012 Heritage Trivia Question:
Ah, the Golden Point Drive In - how we wish we’d known you! Here you see more of right side of the photo which includes the address, snapped by the King County Assessor.
Golden Point - Best Hamburgers west of the Mississippi?
The photo was taken on a rainy September 14, 1960 day, shortly after the establishment opened. The building was located at 17525 Aurora Ave. N. , today the address of the Shoreline Fire Department. But does anyone remember a similar building at the “old” (20 years ago) Olson Chevrolet? Could it have been adaptive reuse, or just a coincidence that they looked so similar…? We’ve been told that there was another Golden Point down the hill, at 8th NW and Richmond Beach Road. Anyone else remember that one too? Alas, we have no picture to share of the second building, yet!
Answer to our April 28, 2012 Heritage Trivia Question:
John Franklin Miller, (June 9, 1862 – May 28, 1936), was born in 1862 near South Bend, Indiana. He studied law at Valparaiso University in Indiana and was admitted to the bar in 1887. Miller moved to Seattle in 1888 and began practicing law. He served as King County prosecuting attorney from 1890 to 1894 and as deputy prosecuting attorney from 1905 to 1908. In 1908 he bcame Mayor of Seattle, and served one term to 1910. He was a contemporary of other important Seattle boosters such as James T. Ronald, Richard Ballinger and Ole Hanson, all of whom also served as mayor of Seattle, and also had connections to northwest unincorporated King County. Miller’s connections to “the North End” came
John F. Miller, Mayor of Seattle, 1908 - 1910
through his work to establish Sandpoint, and of course after his death, when he was interred at the Acacia Mausoleum.
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, a world’s fair held on the University of Washington campus in 1909, occurred during his term as mayor. In 1916, Miller ran for Congress, focusing his campaign on issues of military development and expansion. He was a member of Congress from 1917 to 1931, serving on the House Naval Affairs Committee. He was part of a delegation that visited American troops in Europe in 1919. The Bremerton Naval shipyards, Sandpoint and the Keyport torpedo station are direct results of Miller’s work in Congress to make the Pacific Northwest a center of Naval activity. Following his 1932 re-election defeat, Miller returned to the practice of law. He died in Seattle in 1936.
Answer to our April 20th, 2012 Heritage Trivia Question:
A tragic incident occurred on April 21, 1962, at the opening of the Worlds Fair, and it happened in the Ballinger Neighborhood of Shoreline.
A disabled F-102 Air Force fighter jet and a populated community mixed in a recipe for disaster when the jet, which had been flying over the crowds in an air show at opening day of Century 21, crashed near 24th Avenue NE and NE 203rd Street in Shoreline on April 21, 1962.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Smith, of 20201 – 24th NE, were killed and their home was obliterated.
The home of the Retka family, at 20044 – 24th Ave NE, was also annihilated. They were fortunately on vacation.
Also damaged were the houses at: 20036 – 24th NE, belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Andrews, who were not injured; 20211 24th NE, owned by the Robert Jinneman family, all six of whom escaped unharmed; and 20041 – 24th NE, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Haines, also unhurt.
For more of the story, and a local view of the Fair, visit the Shoreline Historical Museum and see “The Summer of ’62: We Remember Century 21″ an exhibit running now through October.
The Shoreline Heritage E-News Special Heritage Highlights of March 2012 asks the impossible: “Where was this photo taken?” The answer: The men are facing southwest, in the yard of the Robinson’s farm, where the Robinsons had a horse-rental business (so we’ve been told.) The farm stood at the northeast corner, more or less, of 200th and Aurora Ave. N. You would be standing with your back toward 200th, facing the horses and the house. Today, you’d be facing the back of Costco. Did you get it right?!
Robinson Farm, ca 1925 at the site of today's Shoreline Costco
The Shoreline Heritage E-News Heritage Highlights of February 2012 asks: “Where would you be standing today if you were taking this photo, and which direction would you be looking in?” The answer: You’d be standing at about 180th (or slightly north of that street,) and Aurora, on the west side, and you’d be looking north, toward 185th. In the photo, you see the Rogers store in the distance, and the store appears to be right in the middle of the road. From 1912 to a few years after the time this photo was taken, the road went to the front door of the little store, and then veered off to the northwest, taking the traveler within a block or so of the Firland TB Sanitorium – eventually this little section of the North Trunk Road actually came to be known as “Firland’s Way.” But then, in the late 1920′s, the North Trunk Road became Highway 99 (as well as Aurora Avenue) and the road was widened and continued in a more direct fashion, straight through and past Echo Lake. The Roger’s store, as well as Haines Garage, seen here off to the right, ceased to exist. Haines garage, also served as the Interurban stop, as did the Richfield gas station that came later to that southeast corner of 185th and Aurora. Did you get it right?!
Looking north on the North Trunk Road from about 180th. The sign says "Richmond Higlands - A good place to live."
The Shoreline Heritage E-News Heritage Highlights of July 2011: “Where was this photo taken?”
- The Lake Forest Park dock, Lake Washington, ca 1945, looking toward the Civic Club, built in 1934, and the “Front” of the Park at the intersection of Ballinger Way and Bothell Way.
Lake Forest Park was platted in 1910 by Ole Hanson, who dreamed of an ideallic residential community surrounded by streams and forest. Fifty-one years later, in 1961, the community became the city of Lake Forest Park, now celebrating its 50th Anniversay in 2011. Visit the ehxibit Lake Forest Park: 50 Years, Fifty Memories, now at Third Place Commons in the LFP Towne Centre, through August 2011. Also available at the Museum, the book and CD by the same name, only $10 for the set. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.