Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

Walking Around History

Posted by on 9/3/2016
The more I walk around, the more art and history I find ... 

I often walk past this installation of street art on the Interurban Trail near Shoreline.  One recent day, I remembered to take my camera.  While I was taking photographs, I discovered the informational placard which tells visitors that this artwork takes its inspiration from "Playland", a 12-acre entertainment complex that stood here from 1930-1961. The pieces are constructed from old street signs.

You can view my photos at this link, and learn more about the history of Playland here.  

I plan to visit the Shoreline Museum, where I hope to find more information about Playland, and some of the other surrounding attractions (like the Paladium Dance Hall).  If I find what I'm looking for, I'll post it here.  

If you remember Playland, please feel free to leave a comment!

Have a fun and long weekend!

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