Showing posts with label Ballard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ballard. Show all posts

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Ballard's Bardahl Sign

By Jack Brummet, Ballard Ed.

I pass the Bardahl plant every day on my way to work. It has to be a labor of love to keep that sign lit up at night. (Daytime photos by me; the night shot is from Kim on Flickr.


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Ballard Travel Posters

By Jack Brummet

I saw these two Ballard travel posters in a shop at 24th NW and 80th Street. . .


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ballard Cedar mill, Seattle, 1919

By Mona Goldwater, Seattle History Ed.

Photo from the Seattle Museum of History & Industry 

The Seattle Cedar mill, just west of the Ballard Bridge, was the largest sawmill in Ballard. Logs were cut into lumber and then dried for nine months before being sold. The stacks of drying lumber were at least 50 feet high.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Lord's bus shows up at Seattle's Golden Gardens

By Jack Brummet, Folk Art Ed.

I met these sweet folks at Golden Gardens on Shilshole Bay yesterday.  They were very nice, and did not proselytize in any way.  I think they were letting the bus do the talking.  They did have a donation box for taking photos.  I slipped them a few bucks to shoot some photos, not for their message but their moxie and medium and warm hearts.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Farewell to Ballard's The Viking

By Jack Brummet, Ballard/North Beach Ed.

A painter--Ethan Jack Harrington--captured The Viking Tavern, which is just down the road from my house. They are closing to make way for "Ballard Lofts," another midrise. Also coming down is 2 1/2 Happy Barbers, and the garage next door (which was designed by Fred Anhalt - who also designed a lot of the interesting apartment buildings on Capitol Hill).  I'm Going to miss the Vike.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Beautiful, a sweet video from some Ballard youth

By Jack Brummet, Ballard Metro Editor

wow. Wow. WOW.  Althea and Augie, my niece and nephew appear in this oh so sweet  video (age 11)  created by their friends in the 'hood.  I *think* some of the kids (and probably the actual creators) hailed from a family that runs a dance school on 15th NW..  In any case, everyone who worked on this video was very young--there appears to be no old codger interference.  They did an amazing job.


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The Polar Bear Plunge, Ballard, 2012

By Jack Brummet

Hearty souls, these.  I can't even make that plunge in July when it is 85 out. . .


Friday, May 11, 2012

1960 photograph of Ballard and the Olympic Mountains

This 1960 photo is a view of Ballard in Seattle.  The Bardahl Manufacturing sign is still around...not sure about the WaMu sign (I suspect not) . In the background, beyond Bainbridge Island, are the Olympic Mountains. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Digital Archives.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Reptilian Alien Base Under Gasworks Park in Seattle

Alien Lore from Researcher John's HubPage:

Reptilian Alien Base Under Gasworks Park in Seattle


Have you stopped and listened to the noise at Gasworks Park?

If you have been to Gasworks Park in Seattle, you will see that it is dotted with the fenced off remains of a gas refinery, but what is it really hiding?
Could Gasworks Park really be hiding an underground Reptilian base?  Next time you are there, go near the refinery structures and listen with your ears and body and see what you can experience!

Are Reptilians Running Seattle from Under Gasworks Park?

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Source: Arthaey

Who are the Reptilians?

If you haven't heard of them before,Reptilians are an alien race that has been interacting with the human race for some time.  Their intentions are still not clear, but most people feel that they are intent on managing and controlling mankind.
Reptilians in their natural form look roughly human like, but with fine scaled lizard like skin.  The hook though is that Reptilians have the ability to shape shift and commonly pose as humans.  In fact, there is substantial evidence that Reptilians have been the heads of state for thousands of years. 

Why Would Reptilians Want to Be Under Gasworks Park?

There are a lot of well known places that are suspected Reptilian bases, but I think Gasworks park is at the very least a minor base, simply due to its location. Think about it. The old structures give plenty of cover for any ventilation that needs to be done, and Lake Union would give plenty of cover to a UFO or USO that needed to enter/leave.
Tunnels under Lake Union could easily provide access to downtown Seattle and the old city underground structures. Additionally Seattle is central to several military bases and has an International airport for when Reptilians are traveling in human form by common means.
Seattle is also one of the few major cities along the West Coast. Other possible Reptilian outposts can be expected in all the major coastal cities such as Vancouver, Los Angeles, Long Beach and so on.  I haven't heard of reports from Mexico and South America, but I would be surprised if they did not have based along the coast all along to the bottom of South America.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Ballard Shaggy Dog Story

By Jack Brummet, Ballard and Nordic Heritage Editor

As you may or may not know, the now trendy hipster neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle was, and to some extent still is, a Norwegian-Swedish-Danish stronghold.  Stan Boreson and others have often told "Scandahoovian" stories and jokes.  This is one:

Ole is the Pastor of the local Norwegian Lutheran Church and Pastor Sven is the minister of the Swedish Covenant Church across the road.

One day they are seen pounding a sign into the ground, which said:


As a car speeds past them, the driver leans out his window and yells, “Leave people alone, you Skandihoovian religious nuts!”

From the curve they heard screeching tires and a big splash. Shakin’ his head, Rev. Ole says “Dat’s da terd one dis mornin’.”

“Yaa,” Pastor Sven agrees, then asks,Do ya tink maybe da sign should yust say, ‘Bridge Out?’”

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Ballard News Tribune goes after The Onion

By Jack Brummet, Ballard Editor

My daughter pointed out last night that in their latest issue (and often in the past), it looks like The Ballard News Tribune is taking on The Onion.  This issue is chockablock with examples, starting with the wack lead story. . .

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Poem: [The Streetlight’s Blue Shadows]

by Jack Brummet

The streetlight's blue shadow
Pools on the macadam of 24th Avenue NW

As stars coruscate through a nebulous fog.
I tilt my head to see The Big Dipper,

Polaris, Ursa Minor, Cassiopeia, and Andromeda.
The streetlight's falling shadow

Marks a twilight world I take for granted.
The bats' sonar

And the muffled bark of sea lions
Are the songs I hear

When I go outside to see the stars
Twinkling in the briny air.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

No, not Mumbai...Ballard

At the old Ballard Library, asleep on the sidwalk.  This is one of the many reasons people have begun to #OccupyWallStreet.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Dutch Bike, Coffee & Bar's seven-person "conference bike"

By Jack Brummet, Ballard Editor

This is definitely the coolest thing I've seen (so far) today.  The Dutch Bike, Coffee & Bar, on lower Ballard Avenue (near The Walrus & The Carpenter and Walton's Fancy & Staple) is a fairly new bike, coffee, cafe, and wine joint in the old Marine Hardware shop.  They've done a fantastic job of renovating the place into a high-ceilinged, brick, loft-like space.  They installed an amazing take on steel gates--a window/door that opens up the space via a mechanical pulley system (with some of the gears, etc. coming from an old Model T).  It's a wonderful space--while I was there, quite a few people just stopped by just to take pictures. 

What knocked me out most was the seven-person "bicycle" that they call a conference bike.  Everyone is seated in a circle, and everyone pedals to power the bike.  One person is the navigator.  I would love to see it in action.  You can rent it by the hour ($75).  They also sell great looking city bicycles.  And coffee.  And tasty sounding sandwiches.  And beer and wine.

My daughter Claire is working there now as a barista:

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Stop by sometime and say hi, have some coffee or wine, or buy, or try a bike. 

4741 Ballard Avenue
Seattle, Wash.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Alien Lore No. 191 - Four UFO sightings in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood

By Jack Brummet
Paranormal Editor

On 7/30/1999 in Ballard,  an object was seen "near the Orion's belt and traveled in a southwesterly direction turning bright green and then faded out."  The story "Two See Erratic Moving Light in Morning Sky" was reported on UFOSNW.COM:

"I was standing on my deck and looking from the Ballard area (Seattle) near the Ballard Bridge looking over the top of Queen Ann Hill. It was just at dawn this morning 7/21/08 around 5:00AM. I saw a dot of light that moved with extreme speed from my vantage point coming from the Southwest. The light stopped on a dime from a high speed to a complete stop.

"I would have no way of determining how far it was, but it was very faint and appeared to be over the SeaTac airport area as I could see the lights of aircraft in a normal fashion landing or taking off almost as faint, but this was not an aircraft due to the extreme speed and movement patterns.

"The dot of light as it moved, continued to move at a very high rate of speed right to left at two or three points moving up and back to what appeared to be exactly where it originally arrived from the original approach. I noticed that it moved West to East, South of my position. It continued to dart rapidly in what appeared to be a fixed trajectory moving extremely fast between two reference points that I used which were tree tops in the Queen Ann area (a hill approximately at it's top elevation of around 500 feet).

"Again the object was certainly off at least 10 miles south of those reference points. I called my friend to observe it when I first noticed it and they had never seen a UFO before. The friend concurred that in their mind, it was not a plane, jet, helicopter, group of aircraft such as military jets, shooting star, meteor or any other object because of the fast darting between the points.

"The object over approximately 5 minutes would also vanish as if the lights went off and then either reappear at the same place or another place and it darted back to a similar position horizontal, and the 2 or 3 times it elevated it was almost as if it move the same distance upward from it horizontal point position as if to coordinate the distance once in place from the original west to east position.

"At the time I saw it move into it's position and would travel what appeared the same space left to right or (East to West) and up back down to the original line of entry left to right. About 5 minutes after it appeared it then moved quickly away at an upwardly 30 to 45 degree fashion towards the west from where it originally appeared. It then shot off into the upper levels of space at a very high rate of speed. I would suggest that each movement was not longer than 1/2 to 1/4 of a second for each movement to a complete stop."

MUFON reports that on July 4th, 1947, a "gentleman, who currently serves as a Research Archaeologist for the MUTUAL UFO NETWORK, describes a sighting of a strange disc he experienced in the Ballard area of Seattle. He is a professional artist, and has volunteered to submit an illustration of what the object looked like.  We will be posting more information, and several illustrations to the NUFORC homepage during the next several days."  No additional information is available.

There is a YouTube video related to another sighting, from 1966, in the Ballard neighborhood. has posted this video of yet another sighting, "UFOs Hunting Chemtrails Over Seattle WA June 2010," in my Ballard neighborhood: .

Monday, December 20, 2010

A great aerial shot of Ballard/North Beach (Seattle)

By Jack Brummet
Seattle Metro Editor

This is a nice aerial shot of Ballard (my neighborhood) in Seattle.  The waterway you see at the bottom is the Ship Canal that leads up to the Government Locks.  Near the top, the bulge in the land is Golden Gardens.  North and west of Golden Gardens is the North Beach neighborhood.

click to enlarge -- Photo by Dcoetzee (released to the public domain)

Monday, April 05, 2010

A sad day for Ballard, and most of all, the friends and families of Kellen Jones, Spenser Millard, and Mike Turner

Kellen "Bobo" Jones is my second cousin, the son of my cousin Dave, and his wife Kelly Jones (I am half Jones), and brother of Dylan. He died tragically, with two of his best friends in Ballard on Easter. Kellen was a football legend and well-loved boy about Ballard. . .the guy everyone likes, and about whom people always have something nice to say. My heart goes out to Dave, Kelly, and Dylan. This is heartbreaking. But it is also a time to celebrate how many lives he touched, and read and listen to the many testimonies of people who loved him and were touched by his generous heart.

We're all in this together, but there is no way we can know or really share the depth of loss this great family feels.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

An amazing view of Ballard, Seattle, Wash., with a frieze of Olympic Mountains

click on Ballard to enlarge, Photo by Jack Johnson. Source: Washington State Archives.
General Photograph Collection. Used with permission.

A photograph of my neighborhood in Seattle (Ballard) in 1960, nearly fifty years ago. I love the perspective--and no, the Olympic Mountains do not quite loom over us like that! We can see them, but from our promontory from Crown Hill/North Beach, they seem further in the distance, far less foreboding, but breath-taking still, and humbling in the way mountains always are.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The return of The Young Fresh Fellows

The Young Fresh Fellows roared back to life Friday night in my neighborhood--at Ballard's Tractor Tavern. Scott McCaughey[1] was in fine form, wearing his usual sunglasses and a big fur hat. He was just as hilarious as ever, and has written a new song album of funny, tight, rocking tunes. The show focused on their new album released that day--I Think This Is. They did play their great tune "Amy Grant" as an encore, and performed an excellent cover of "Hang On Sloopy." I have only listened to "I think This Is" once so far, but it is excellent, and about as good as anything YFF have ever released. A track listing only hints at the genius contained in this new album:

The Guilty Ones
Lamp Industries
Suck Machine Crater
Let The Good Times Crawl
Never Turning Back Again
New Day I Hate
Go Blue Angels Go
Used To Think All Things Would Happen
YOUR Mexican Restaurant
Shake Your Magazines
After Suicide
If You Believe In Cleveland
Ballad of the Bootleg
Everyone was in fine form, especially Kurt Bloch, the longtime band member and former lead guitar in Seattle's Fastbacks. It was great to see them again, and I hope we get the chance again soon. I suspect we'll get to see Scott's other band (with Peter Buck, Ken Stringfellow, Wilco, and various other rotating members) soon--they also have a new album coming out shortly. I just heard their cover of Little Black Egg--wow.

Photo by Dean Ericksen from The Tractor show - click to enlarge
[1] Scott's Wikpedia listing:
As a singer and songwriter, Scott McCaughey is the leader of the Seattle-based bands The Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5.
He is also bassist for
Robyn Hitchcock's most recent touring band, The Venus 3, along with Bill Rieflin and Peter Buck.

In 2008, McCaughey formed the side band
The Baseball Project with Buck, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon. Their first album, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, celebrates many aspects of baseball culture, and includes a song in tribute to Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix.

Since 1994, he has worked with
R.E.M. both on stage and in the studio. While originally brought on as a second guitarist for the Monster tour, McCaughey has remained with R.E.M. in various capacities since then, contributing to the band's studio albums New Adventures In Hi-Fi, Up, Reveal, Around The Sun and Accelerate. Additionally, he has received credits for his work on the R.E.M. Live album as well as their 2003 greatest hits collection, In Time. When working with R.E.M., McCaughey plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and adds backing vocals.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ballard Bear Update

The black arrow shows the location of my house.

From the Seattle Times: "Urban Phantom is the name given by state wildlife agents to a 2-year-old black bear who was first seen in Magnolia late Saturday, and so far has eluded capture as he has been sighted also in Ballard and Shoreline."

The 'bar was tromping around my neighborhood, after possibly swimming from Magnolia to the beach at Golden Gardens, and then climbing the heavily-treed hill. He was spotted near the graveyard up the hill, just a couple of blocks from my brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Mary's house near Blue Ridge. Later yesterday, he made good time, and ended up in a park in Shoreline. I know bears can run fast, but this bear made serious tracks. And so far, no one seems able to find him. At Twin Ponds Park, where he is possibly located now, he will run into a serious roadblock. Interstate 5 probably blocks his path (if he moving to the east, where forests and bear habitat exists).

From The Seattlest: Damn Bear Almost to Jack's House
The black bear we mentioned this morning seems to have somewhere pressing in mind. So far it's cruised from Magnolia, through Ballard, and "made a stop in Twin Ponds Park in Shoreline," says MyBallard, who have created a bear-tracker map. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has put its hunt on hold because there are too many people running around, but that doesn't bother Seattlest Jack: "I am gleeful over the fact that even in a major city, in the 21st century, one might still encounter a bear, or giant bear-like raccoons."

Also from The Seattlest: "Fish & Wildlife officials, meanwhile, have discontinued the search because they don’t believe the small bear is dangerous. The bear had quite a day, swimming across the Ship Canal from Magnolia into Ballard late Sunday night, criss-crossing its way through the neighborhood with police and wildlife officials in close pursuit with tranquilizer guns and tracking dogs. The bear disappeared for several morning hours — wildlife officials believe it was taking a nap — before heading sharply north into Shoreline. There, the media joined the chase, with TV crews on the ground and choppers swirling overhead. "