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Technology Corridor: History worthy of remembrance

Driving near Paine Field recently, I saw a sign for the Technology Corridor. I didn’t realize any of those signs still existed. For the Technology Corridor is mostly forgotten, and although it is not ancient history, it is history. As the...

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion    March 4, 2020

The Stanley Cup and the Spanish Flu

The Stanley Cup still bears evidence of the Spanish flu, more than 100 years after the event. A couple of years ago I asked my friend Billy Gleeson to take a picture of the Stanley Cup showing the...


History in perspective

In studying history, like art and architecture, perspective is paramount. An acquaintance sent me a note, probably paraphrased of what he had read in an old journal from an early resident of Bainbridge Island. The note said that the resident of the...


History Files | The triangle of fire

Washington has some lovely state parks that were once a part of the coast defense system. Fort Casey on Whidbey Island was one of the forts. Also Fort Worden at Port Townsend and Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island across Port Townsend Bay. Those...


Microsoft makes state’s greatest 3rd-quarter gains | Taking Stock

The third quarter of 2017 showed the smallest gain for Washington companies in 2017. The largest companies in the state grew, but gains were less for smaller companies. Washington’s combined market capitalization grew from $1.387 trillion to...


Edmonds creation myth? Let’s get real | Taking Stock

In college I had a professor of ancient history who was fond of poking fun at various societies’ creation myths. I wonder how he would regard Edmonds. Edmonds certainly has a creation myth and has various places in the city focused on that myth....


Historic places have plenty of stories, real or not | Taking Stock

Many people associate me with ghost towns, especially Alpine, Washington. My interest is in historic towns. Some – like Monte Cristo, Alpine, Bordeaux and Franklin – are ghost towns. Not much in the way of buildings is left at those locations, and...


Was Walla Walla once Washington’s biggest city? | Taking Stock

I am not a political junky so I usually don’t watch TVW, the state’s public affairs television network. But on a weekend morning as I was channel surfing I discovered a show called “My Favorite Places.” Former Washington Secretary of State... Full story


Oregon traffic jam worth the celestial view | Taking Stock

On Aug. 21, I got to see Venus and Orion before sunrise. Orion is my favorite constellation, and I seldom see it at this time of year. I usually only see Orion in the night sky in winter and spring months. It disappears from my usual viewing hours in...


How a 1909 cross-country car race inspired new roads | Taking Stock

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Yellowstone Trail from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Seattle. Because of that article, I discovered that there is a Yellowstone Trail Organization, and they have a website. On that website, I found a fascinating story... Full story


Eddd-gaaar: Next stop, Cooperstown | Taking Stock

The Seattle Mariners have finally decided to retire Edgar Martinez’s No. 11 jersey. Way past time. I have supported Edgar's candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame for 18 years, and have had a web page for 16 years. Baseball fans in Seattle...


The story behind Bezos becoming world's richest man | Taking Stock

Forbes Magazine proclaimed Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world on July 27. His reign was brief: by the next day, Bill Gates was back in first place. This news flash was basically social media’s way of seeing just the tip of a substantial iceber...


Despite its mis-Fortune, Fortive makes Forbes list | Taking Stock

In June, I was disappointed to learn that Fortune Magazine didn't include Everett-based Fortive on its Fortune 500 list. But Forbes Magazine just produced its list of the 2,000 biggest companies in the world, and Fortive came in at No. 984.... Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    July 26, 2017

Highway’s twists, turns take travelers back in time | Taking Stock

I recently drove a section of the Yellowstone Trail right in our own backyard. Now nearly forgotten, this was the first highway in the U.S. that ran from coast to coast. It started in the east in...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    July 19, 2017

Football hero’s legacy extends to Snohomish | Taking Stock

Carl Lane Clemans is virtually unknown around here, which is a little surprising since he was once the coach of the University of Washington football team. Maybe that’s because he was coach in 1897. At Stanford, though, he is sort of famous. His... Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    July 12, 2017

Railroad allowed towns on Puget Sound to prosper | Taking Stock

My good friend Karla Bowman recently gave me a book by Brian Solomon called “North American Railroad Family Trees.” Between that new book and “Orphan Road” by Kurt Armbruster, which I have owned for many years, I have reviewed the railroad...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    July 5, 2017

Big guys drive state’s (modest) 2nd-quarter gains | Taking Stock

The second quarter of 2017 was less eventful for Washington companies than the first. It looked like it might be a record-breaking quarter right up until the last week, when most stocks were sold off. Our state’s combined market capitalization... Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 28, 2017

Recovery slow for recession-battered banking industry | Taking Stock

The Great Recession hit the economy hard, and no sector was hurt more than banking. Washington's largest bank disappeared, and all of the largest banks headquartered in Snohomish County were absorbed by bigger, out-of-area banks. Historically,...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 21, 2017

Unlisted: Did Fortune forget Fortive? | Taking Stock

Fortune Magazine has released its 63rd Fortune 500 list of the biggest companies in the country, as measured by sales. The magazine says its Fortune 500 companies represent two-thirds of the U.S. GDP, or growth domestic product. To my great...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 14, 2017

Still keeping a list, and checking it twice | Taking Stock

Last week, I mentioned the Abarim Snohomish Stock Index – ASCSI – which I began in 1994 and ended in 2010. I also mentioned the spreadsheet that I maintain of Washington companies, and the occasion when Microsoft surpassed IBM in market...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 7, 2017

How my index of county companies made an impact | Taking Stock

I have been tracking Snohomish County companies since 1994, when I began the Abarim Snohomish County Stock Index. The index was a conscious attempt to publicize Snohomish County companies. We live in a Seattle-centered economy, and I believed that ou... Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    May 31, 2017

Finding beauty in expected places, like headlights on I-5 | Taking Stock

The first home that I remember was on Eastlake in Seattle. We lived there until I was 5 years old. The Stewart Street off-ramp of Interstate 5 is there now. I was told that the front half of our house had been built in 1871; the back half added in...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    May 24, 2017

Some former capitals, county seats now ghost towns | Taking Stock

I am identified with the Alpine, Washington ghost town. Actually, ghost towns are rather common. Some sources claim that Colorado has more than 1,000. Wikipedia lists 58 ghost towns in Washington, and I promptly thought of nine that aren't on tha... Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    May 17, 2017

New England settlers rooted in region’s history | Taking Stock

Because of my connection to Alpine, Washington, ghost town people sometimes use me as a resource for old photos and documents. Out of a batch sent to me a couple of years ago, I was able to identify...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    May 10, 2017

Bearing witness to Washington’s business boom | Taking Stock

At my age it is unlikely that I will see what happens 35 years from now, but I like to look back and see what has changed. I don't know what the future holds, but Washington has had a remarkable growth in business in 35 years. I still have a...


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