This summer, I took a refreshing but much-too-brief vacation in the Pacific Northwest. It’s always a delight to go home and visit so many memorable places and people I love. Even if I hadn’t grown up in the area, it’s just a awesome place to vacation. But I have to admit that there’s always a … More Protecting my Historical Setting
Mysteries of an old Map: Streets extending into Puget Sound, streets that never existed. … More Magnolia’s Fantasy Streets
The Tugboat Murder: a 1950s mini-mystery by Jennifer Berg. Available March 28 from Barking Rain Press.
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Seattle once had a neighborhood called Ross. As the city evolved, the name was lost, but my old map still shows streets overlapping the water. The Wedgewood Historical Society was nice enough to explain what happened: When the Army Corps of Engineers built the Ballard Locks a 100 years ago (and the waterway which connects Lake … More Seattle’s Ghost Streets
Jennifer Berg is the author of The Elliott Bay Mystery Series set in 1950s Seattle: Hatbox Murders, Charlatan Murders, Blue Pearl Murders, and the novelette, Tugboat Murder. Book 1 coming soon from Barking Rain Press. … More Welcome to my blog!
Originating from the great green north, I’ve always found California Christmases a tiny bit challenging. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sunshine as much as the next person (well, nearly as much as the next person) and I admit that there’s a certain appeal to strolling along a cool yet sunny beach in the middle … More Enter the holidays
The Hiram Chittenden locks as they are officially know, is one of my favorite spots Seattle. Why? Well, for one, it’s noisy. But not in the usual ways. Besides the rushing water, there are boat horns, and people are always calling as they throw lines and secure their boats to the chambers. And of course, there’s … More Why I love the ballard locks
There are lots of great shots of the Hiram Chittenden Locks, but not so many of the surrounding area. I took this photo from the fish ladder look west. The Ballard Locks (as they’re usually called) are out of the shot on the right. What I love about this photo is the churning water. The … More Salmon Ladder Salmon Bay
I took a Northwest History class at the UW as part of my undergrad.The professor, who’s name I’m completely forgotten, had a theory that if the Seattle region were to have a symbol, it would be the salmon. Not because salmon and their fresh water cousins are unique to the area but because the … More Salmon of Seattle