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Researcher and Source Information
Researcher Information
The Burien Park History Project was prepared by Charles Ganong. A 40-year resident of the Highline area, Mr. Ganong grew up in Shorewood and played in many of Burien's parks as a child (most notably Shorewood, Salmon Creek Ravine and Seahurst Park). He attended Evergreen High School, and received a B.A. cum laude in Government from Harvard College.

Besides his work for Highline Historical Society, Mr. Ganong has worked in a research-and-writing capacity for Weyerhaeuser Company, a law firm, the publishing industry, and on a freelance basis. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance graphics operator in televised sports productions, mainly for Fox Sports.

The City of Burien makes no representations or warranties as to the truth, accuracy, or completeness of any statements, information, or materials concerning the information contained on these history-related webpages.

General Sources
  • Highline School District Chronicle: The First 100 Years, Carl Jensen, 1994
  • Wonderful World of Woods and Water: History of Normandy Park, Normandy Park Historical Committee, Helen Kludt, Betty LePenske, Bette Loomis and Kristy Webster, Emerald City Graphics Inc., 1991
  • The Many Roads to Highline, Melba Eyler and Evelyn Yeager, Times Printshop, 1979 Special Edition
  • Timber, Tides and Tales, Melanie Draper, 1975
  • White Center Remembers, Mike Knapp and Peg Young, 1976
  • Salmon Creek Neighborhood Plan, October 2004
  • Our Burien, Esther Balzarini, 1972 (?)
  • History of King County’s Park, Recreation and Open Space System, Caroline Tobin, March, 1992
  • A Review of Parks and Recreation Services in the City of Burien, Sue Barnes Blazak, 1994
  • HistoryLink.org, SeaTac Thumbnail History, Essay 4181
  • "Burien’s Early History," City of Burien’s website
  • Waymarking.com
  • Des Moines Memorial Way - Road of Remembrance, Highline Historical Society Website
  • HistoryLink.org: Des Moines Memorial Way South, Women's Memorial
  • Des Moines Memorial Drive - A Road of Remembrance 
  • Eagle Landing Park 
  • Ambaum, Jacob Archives, History of Seattle Municipal Railway's Division C
  • Robert Lynch oral history, as told to Robbie Howell, Dec. 7, 1997, posted on the internet by Rob Ketcherside
  • They Climb Highest (Listen to Your Father): The Life Adventure of Jerry Robinson, Robinson Communications, 1995
  • “Burien’s ‘Betsy Ross’ and chief promoter,” Seattle Times Sunday Magazine, September 12, 1976, pp. 6-7
  • City of Burien Ordinance No. 138, May 22, 1995
  • “Recalling an ‘Opie’ childhood,” Eric Mathison, Highline Times, July 3, 2006
  • Tall Ships on Puget Sound, The Marine Photographs of Wilhelm Hester, Robert A. Weinstein, University of Washington Press, 1978
  • “New park friendly to Burien’s waterfront,” Daily Journal of Commerce, August 15, 2003
  • Parks, Arts and Recreation Council Proposal for the Lake Burien Memorial Arch, March 7, 1994
  • “Owl Project,” Parks-Arts-Recreation Council, City of Burien, January 12, 1994
  • (Dottie Harper Park Site Assessment Report, MAKERS Architecture & Urban Design, Nakano Dennis Landscape Architects, Urban Forestry Services, Inc., December 8, 1998)
  • The Art People Love: Stories of Richard S. Beyer's Life and His Sculpture, Margaret W. Beyer, Washington State University Press, 1999.
  • Salmon Creek Feasibility Report, May 1994
  • Interview with Shorewood resident Fred Henzi, August 10, 2007
  • Interview with Burien resident Pam Harper, August 9th, 2007
  • "(Percy) H. Blaker Reminisces," Highline Times, December 11 & 18, 1947
  • "Seahurst Water Has Long History," Highline Times, Dec. 18, 1947, p. 9
  • Interview with Jerry Robinson, publisher of the Highline Times & White Center News, July 10, 2007.

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