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Mossback’s Northwest

The REAL Name for Puget Sound

June 26, 2018

Puget Sound hasn’t always been known as Puget Sound — and it may even have a different name in the future. With the help of an extremely old map, Knute Berger charts the history — and the Californiazation — of Seattle’s salty sound... or is it a bay?


Knute Berger

Knute Berger is Crosscut’s Mossback. Born and raised in Seattle, he writes with his own Pacific Northwest perspective. He also writes the monthly “Gray Matters” column for Seattle magazine where he is editor-at-large, and is an occasional commentator on KUOW-FM’s “Week in Review.” He is the author of two books: Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice and Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. He was writer-in-residence at the Space Needle and has had a cocktail named after him at Ivar’s. You can email him at or follow him on twitter @KnuteBerger.

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Eric Keto

From the Oregon Coast to the North Slope of Alaska, Eric enjoys telling stories from the western edge of the country. His nonfiction video work has been featured on The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour and Alaska Public Media.

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Hello to all

Very interesting segment on Puget Sound.

Will it be possible to expand the knowldge of the surrounding areas IE:Port Townsend, Haro Straits, Rosario Straits.

The Demarcation line dividing United States Water vs Canadian Water and how this determined : International Admiralty Law.

With a growing population, I beleive a small series on this subject would have fair viewing audiance.

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