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
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?!
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?!
The Shoreline Heritage E-News Heritage Highlights of July 2011: “Where was this photo taken?”
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 email@example.com for more information.