HistoryLink Tours is a project of HistoryLink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. Launched in 1999, HistoryLink.org explores the history of our state through articles about its people and places and a timeline of significant events. These tours offer another way to explore how neighborhoods and towns have become the places they are.
Explore each tours’ stops in order, or start with the one closest to you. They each begin and end near a transit stop, making it easy to move around the region and better understand the historic connections between the different areas.
Enjoy historical photos, audio and video segments, and links to related HistoryLink stories as you explore the neighborhoods and towns of Washington.
More tours coming in 2020, be sure to check back to see what’s new!
Some safety reminders:
In case of an emergency, call 911.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Review any accessibility notes for the tour you are taking.
Be careful crossing busy streets and passing by construction sites.
Watch your step – sidewalks and streets can be uneven.
Visit HistoryLink.org/Search and enter name of the town, neighborhood, building, business, or person in the keyword search.
As much as the city street conditions and topography allow, the tours are accessible. Check each tour’s accessibility notes for information about potential obstacles to accessibility and always be aware of temporary conditions that might make a route impassable or inaccessible.
Visit King County Metro’s Trip Planner and enter the requested information and it will generate a list of options serving the starting point of the tour. Or use Google Maps directions and enter the address of the starting point in the destination box.
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Yes! Click the “Center Me” button in the upper right of the map, and the map will center on a brown dot which is your location. As you travel, the map will update your current location.
If the “Center Me” button does not switch to “Following” when you click on it, you may need to enable location services in your device settings.
First, check that location services are enabled for the browser on your device. You may need to close and reopen the app once the location services has been enabled.
In some cases where your network connectivity may be an issue, you might need to refresh the tour page, or wait until you are within cellular or WiFi service areas for the Geo-location marker to update.
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