History Section

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

by Dave Markwell A couple of years ago, after an evening out, my wife and I headed to Denny’s for the obligatory late-night gut-bombing. Per normal procedure, my wife drove as I was, once again, over-served... [Read more]

With the cut of a ribbon, the renovated Redondo Boardwalk is officially open!

With the cut of a ribbon, the renovated Redondo Boardwalk is officially open!

Photos by Steven Goegebuer With the cut of a ribbon, the Redondo Boardwalk in Des Moines was officially re-opened on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 5. The boardwalk has been open to the public for a month... [Read more]

After two years (and some tears), rebuilt Redondo Boardwalk is now open

After two years (and some tears), rebuilt Redondo Boardwalk is now open

THEN: In Nov. 2014, the Redondo Boardwalk was shredded by a storm. Photo by Gene Achziger. NOW: The renovated Boardwalk has re-opened! After being closed by damage caused by a catastrophic November 2014... [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]

Berkshire Hathaway Open House: Charming, historic 3-BD Burien home

Berkshire Hathaway Open House: Charming, historic 3-BD Burien home

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY & SUNDAY – is a charming, historical home in Burien. This amazing home with 2... [Read more]

VIDEO: ‘Vote YES for Highline Public Schools’ kicks off Nov. 2016 campaign 

VIDEO: ‘Vote YES for Highline Public Schools’ kicks off Nov. 2016 campaign 

On the front steps of Burien’s deteriorating Highline High School on Saturday (July 23), families, residents, students and teachers came together to help kick-off Highline Public Schools’ Nov.... [Read more]

REMINDER: Bizarre vintage ‘Industrial Musicals’ show is this Thursday night

REMINDER: Bizarre vintage ‘Industrial Musicals’ show is this Thursday night

REMINDER: “The Lost World of Industrial Musicals” – celebrating the little-known genre of internal corporate musical propaganda – is coming to Seattle this Thursday night, July 21. Steve... [Read more]

Riverton ‘Dollhouse’ is Berkshire Hathaway’s featured home for this week

Riverton ‘Dollhouse’ is Berkshire Hathaway’s featured home for this week

From Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest: Like many small towns in Western Washington, Riverton came into itself in 1903 when the Riverton Draw Bridge was built over the Duwamish... [Read more]

Bizarre vintage ‘Industrial Musicals’ show coming to Seattle Thursday, July 21

Bizarre vintage ‘Industrial Musicals’ show coming to Seattle Thursday, July 21

“The Lost World of Industrial Musicals” – celebrating the little-known genre of internal corporate musical propaganda – is coming to Seattle on Thursday, July 21.  Steve Young, author/collector/historian... [Read more]

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Longtime local champion/activist Jeanne Moeller has passed away

Des Moines/Burien native and longtime resident/activist Jeanne Moeller passed away on June 16, 2016. She was 90 years old. A rosary and funeral will be held at St. Francis of Assisi (15246 21st Ave SW)... [Read more]

Highline College honors longtime Nurse & Army vet Sandra Cravens Robinson

Highline College honors longtime Nurse & Army vet Sandra Cravens Robinson

Sandra Cravens as a Highline College nursing student in 1965 Sandra Cravens Robinson Back in the early 1960s, 18-year-old Sandra Cravens had wanted to be a nurse ever since she could remember, so when... [Read more]

UPDATE: ‘Legacy Nights’ fundraiser event has been CANCELLED

UPDATE: ‘Legacy Nights’ fundraiser event has been CANCELLED

Due to low ticket sales, the Des Moines Legacy Foundation’s ‘Legacy Nights’ fundraiser for Youth Services Scholarships has been cancelled, organizers told The Waterland Blog Friday morning,... [Read more]

Former Normandy Park Mayor Susan West is a March #HighlineAlum

Former Normandy Park Mayor Susan West is a March #HighlineAlum

Former Normandy Park Mayor Susan West is featured in this month’s Highline Public Schools’ #HighlineAlum social media campaign. West is a 1985 graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines. West... [Read more]

Former Mayor & Councilmember Don Wasson has passed; memorial March 12

Former Mayor & Councilmember Don Wasson has passed; memorial March 12

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was revised on Feb. 29, 2016: Former Des Moines Mayor and longtime councilmember Donald F. Wasson passed away on Feb. 20, 2016. Wasson was 90-years old, and was a well-known... [Read more]

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the Masonic ‘Landmark on the Sound’ has been sold for “in the area of $14 million” and the city will meet with representatives of the new owners... [Read more]

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

Artist rendering of re-designed Redondo Boardwalk courtesy City of Des Moines. A public update meeting was held on Friday, Jan. 8 at the MaST Center, and City of Des Moines Transportation Engineer Andrew... [Read more]

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

The public is invited to free events and workshops Jan. 19–26, 2016, as Highline College hosts its 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. United by the theme “Justice: Beyond a Dream,”... [Read more]

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Memorial where Rosie the Newfoundland was shot on Nov. 7, 2010. by Ralph Nichols A tranquil November Sunday in Des Moines five years ago was shattered when a gentle Newfoundland named Rosie was murdered... [Read more]