A Look Back at the End of the 20th Century

Charles O. Morgan, publisher of the East Side Journal since 1958, retired in 1975. The Journal was sold to the publishers of the Bellevue American, and a new daily paper was now available to East Siders; The Bellevue Journal-American. In recent years, the paper has been renamed to The Eastside Journal.

The East Side has continued to undergo many changes in the last years of this century. Bellevue is now a major commercial and banking center for the entire state, and almost everyone who owns a computer has heard of Redmond. Whereas the East Side used to be a place for people to commute from, it is now an area that they commute to.

Kirkland has since annexed the communities of Juanita, Rose Hill and Totem Lake, among others, making it the 12th largest city in the state of Washington. Over one hundred years ago, Peter Kirk envisioned a city of 50,000 people, which is close to today's population of around 45,000.

In the past century many changes have occurred in Kirkland. Where shingle mills used to dot the lakeshore are now parks and homes. Where the shipyard used to be is now a hotel/business center with a marina for many pleasure boats. Many homes where families were raised are now newer homes to newer families. Some of the buildings in Kirkland's downtown are the same ones that used to greet ferry riders fifty years ago, but today those ferry riders would be amazed to see the amount of condos above and behind them.

The transition from shingle mills to suburbia was indeed an arduous one. Great strides of progress have been made but much has been lost along the way, as it is with any city in America, including your own. One of the few things that we can truly capture and preserve are the stories and events that made up the lives of those who saw it happen, from community leaders to the smallest child.

Hopefully, the East Side Journal Index can play a small part in this documentation of 20th Century America.


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