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Interurban car designated City of Snoqualmie Landmark
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The newest and perhaps most unusual City of Snoqualmie Landmark is a wooden electric interurban car.The City of Snoqualmie Landmark Commission approved the nomination of car 523 to the Register at a meeting on January 25. 

Built by St. Louis Car in 1907, Car 523 entered service between Seattle and Tacoma in February 1908. The Puget Sound Electric Railway operated electric trains between Seattle and Tacoma from 1902 through 1928. Much of the line was energized with power from Snoqualmie Falls.  Car 523 is the last known surviving Seattle-Tacoma electric interurban car, and originally served as a combination coach/parlor/observation car. 

Car 523 was donated to the The Northwest Railway Museum in September 2017 and a $11,000 grant from 4Culture funded its move from Petaluma, California to Snoqualmie, Washington.  The Museum prepared and submitted the landmark nomination last Fall; this was the Commission’s first meeting since. To read more about the nomination, click here



Timber cruise reports now accessible

The King County Archives recently completed a project to image and rehouse 45 volumes of Assessor’s timber cruise reports dating from 1907-08. Valued by researchers for their detail and accuracy, the reports are a unique resource for this time period in King County. And, as you can see by the map from Report for Section 2, Township 20, Range 7E – they are also quite beautiful.

High-quality copies of these records are now easily accessible through the King County Archives public search site. Read more here




Boxes in the Dark – advocacy via song
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Categories: Sound Off

Lyrics by Alice Winship, 2017

The boxes are full, waiting in the dark
Thousands of boxes, with stories to impart
The mute artifacts of a seagoing past
These things can speak, we just have to ask

Seattle has no maritime museum
This is why you’ll never see them
Let them out! Let them talk!
Don’t keep our past behind a lock
Packed in boxes, locked away
No place to display: (more…)


February AKCHO membership meeting – The City Is More Than Human

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by National Archives and Records Administration
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 336-5115

The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle

It’s easy to get wrapped up in human histories, but author Frederick L. Brown has reminded us that animals are a big part of an area’s history as well. Please join us for our next member meeting when Fred discusses his recent book “The City is More Than Human” and illustrates that point with images of how animals, especially livestock and pets, have shaped Seattle’s history.

In 2017, that unique look at Seattle history won Fred AKCHO’s Virginia Marie Folkins Award, as well as the Western History Association’s Hal K. Rothman Award for best Western environmental history. Years of research went into the book, which is based on Fred’s 2010 University of Washington PhD dissertation. Members will get a chance to ask Fred about his research methods and his thoughts on what types of histories make for a good book. (more…)


Opportunity for costume collections in need of professional attention

Angels Project volunteers working last year at the Lincoln County Historical Association Museum in Maine. Photo courtesy of Connie Frisbee Houde.

Costume Society of America
Application deadline: 7/1/2018

In 2019, the Costume Society of America will hold its national meeting at the Westin Seattle Hotel from April 15-22, and as a service project the organization will be offering its professional expertise to an institution that has a tangible costume collection and is located within a 45 minute drive of downtown Seattle. The CSA’s Angels Project has been in operation for 13 years, and you can learn more about some of the previous projects here

The CSA is a professional organization that advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance and works to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of dress. The CSA Angels Project is a one-day service event held near the site of the organization’s national symposium. In the Seattle area, the Angels Project will take place on April 16, 2019. During the event, CSA members provide conservation, storage and curatorial assistance to a tangible costume collection at a small institution. In addition, training in collections care is given to staff and volunteers. 

This golden opportunity will be awarded to one qualified small museum, historic home or other suitable site in the Seattle area. To be considered, an institution must submit a grant application by July 1, 2018. (more…)



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit

More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!




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