Most of the Leschi Neighborhood’s original residents relied upon electric and cable streetcars to get around.
The LCC meeting on June 2 at CASC (500 30th Ave So) from 7:30-9:00 p.m. will feature presentations on the Seattle streetcar lifestyle, past, present and future.
Presenters include noted Puget Sound historian Junius Rochester and Jim Falconer, a prominent Seattle property owner and developer and an instrumental member of the planning committee for the successful creation of the first line of the new Seattle Streetcar network in South Lake Union (http://www.streetfilms.org/ride-the-seattle-streetcar/).
Learn how the area was built up into a city neighborhood based on three different historical routes and hear about the possibility of future routes in a citywide planning effort underway today.
JUNIUS ROCHESTER is the author of six books and numerous articles. His books include Roots and Branches: The Religious Heritage of Washington State; Little St. Simons Island; Lakelure: A Tale of Medina, Washington; Thirty Years Over The Top: Scandinavian Airlines System Polar Flights;The Seattle Chapter of ARCS: Achievement Rewards for College Scientists; and The Last Electric Trolley, A Seattle History. He has contributed articles to Columbia Magazine; Washingtonians: A Biographical Portrait of the State; Ferry Tales from Puget Sound; The Seattle Weekly; Puget Sound Enetai; Puget Soundings; Landmarks; Catholic Northwest Progress; Portage; The Best Places; and others.
For seven years he was the weekly regional history commentator at KUOW FM, Seattle’s Public Radio affiliate. He is also part of a team writing local history for the Internet (www.historylink.org).
Among other honors, in 1995, Junius was given a Project Award by the Association of King County Historical Organizations and the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission.
During the past eight years he has been Guest Historian aboard cruise ships plying the Columbia Gorge, the British Columbia coast, the San Juan Islands, and Alaska’s Inside Passage. He also gives talks to a variety of organizations. Junius specializes in the Lewis & Clark odyssey, Native cultures, Columbia Gorge geology, Russian America, the fish crisis in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle and King County, Washington.
Raised in Seattle, Junius graduated from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington and the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts. He is a third generation member of a Pacific Northwest pioneer family. He holds membership in the Washington State Historical Society; the Oregon Historical Society; the Alaska Historical Society; the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington (board member); the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.; Fort Clatsop Historical Association; the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild (past president). He is owner of Tommie Press, Seattle.