The King of Smokejumpers

You might be a little crazy to jump out of an airplane and fight a fire.  So what does it mean if you’ve done it over 800 times?  We speak with a smokejumper and discuss the king of the career…

Smokejumpers

When a forest fire flames up in a remote area, it may be Dan Ryan’s crew that is called in to fight the blaze. This is the story of the smokejumpers…

A Career of Jumping Out of Planes and Fighting Fires

Imagine a job that combines jumping out of airplanes and fighting fires.  Now imagine you want to make it your career.  We visit with one of those men, a forest service smokejumper…

The Race to Alaska

It’s called the “Race to Alaska,” a trek for teams from Washington state to Alaska.  Winning the contest will earn you a big prize, second place, well, not so much…

A Kinetic Sculpture Race

You’ve likely never heard of a kinetic sculpture race.  Neither had I and I had no idea what it was, but it’s just one of the interesting events held here…

Protecting A Critical Waterway

These forts were designed to protect a critical waterway in the U.S.  While they never had to fire on an enemy, when they did fire, they did damage to their own community…

A Story of Boom and Bust

You could say it’s a story of boom and bust.  But while the fortunes of this city did sour over a century ago, it was far from dead…

The Large City of the Pacific Northwest

We’ve all heard of Seattle, Washington, but in the mid 1800s, it was this town that was to be the large city in the Pacific Northwest.  You can still find it, but it’s not nearly the size some had projected…

The City That Was Last

This is a city that was last.  And in this case, being last isn’t all that bad, for what came here last made this museum one of the first and only places to find a once very standard piece of hardware…

The Grandest of Homes in the Most Remote of Towns

It was the grandest of homes in one of the most remote towns in America.  But there’s a good reason this house was built in this Cascades mountain town…

An Unusual Town Name

It’s one of the more unusual town names in the nation and it has an equally interesting history to boot.  We venture to a place named Cle Elum…

The Very Last Round of the Vietnam War

Many of you listening to our broadcasts lived through the Vietnam War.  No doubt, some of you fought in that conflict.  Today we meet a man who played a part in firing the very last round of that war…

Keeping Fishermen at Bay

Why would a small fishing boat try to stand in the path of a U.S. Navy Destroyer.  This sailor knew exactly what they were up to and it was the men aboard his ship who were responsible for keeping the fisherman at bay…

A Bigger and Badder Name

Sometimes you’ll looking for a name that will intimidate your enemy.  Therein was the problem.  The latest ship due to roll off the line for the U.S. Navy was honoring an important admiral, however the name just didn’t sound right.  It needed to sound bigger and badder so to speak…

The Story Behind the Namesake of a Ship

Many ships, both military and otherwise are named for a person or place.  Often the story behind those namesakes it quite a tale in itself…

Steptoe & Custer

We’ve all heard of General Custer and the battle at the Little Bighorn, but you’ve most likely never heard of Lt. Colonel Edward Steptoe.  In a moment you’ll learn why it was Steptoe, rather than Custer, that almost made it in your history books…

The Army Hostess of Walla Walla

When James Payne was told of an elderly lady who wanted to donate items to his museum, he headed to her home to see her collection.  The biggest find turned out to be a box she was ready to throw in the trash…

Campbell’s Resort

There are lake resorts all across this nation…but it’s not everyday that you encounter a family owned operation that has been in business for over a century…

A Century Old Vacation Spot

In an age of hotel chains boasting hundreds of locations, it is still nice to find some lodgings with the comforts of today, with roots running over a century old.  Such is the case for this vacation spot special to many…

The Incident at Whitman Mission

By the end of 1847, the Cayuse Tribe had lost half of their members due to a measles outbreak.  The mounting deaths brought increased tensions between whites and natives.  What happened next still affects lives here today…