Making the Cut: Centennial of Seattle’s Ship Canal

A continual passage of boats of all sizes traveled through the Ballard Locks on SeaFair weekend 2016.

A continual passage of boats of all sizes traveled through the Ballard Locks on SeaFair weekend 2016.

Seattle’s Ship Canal crosses the city like a waistline, joining the freshwater Lake Washington to the waters of Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean beyond.  The building of the Ship Canal was one of the biggest events in the history and development of Seattle, creating economic opportunities and advantages for maritime and for industries of all kinds.

This 2016-2017 centennial year of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) is being celebrated with a wonderful series of events and historic research projects.  A special website, Making the Cut, features all the historic info and event announcements commemorating the Ship Canal a century after it was completed.

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Looking, Listening, Birding

Northeast Seattle has wonderful natural areas where you may see birds and other wildlife, including Magnuson Park on Lake Washington, Meadowbrook Pond at NE 107th Street on the east side of 35th Ave NE, and the Union Bay Natural Area.  While the trails in the UBNA are currently closed for construction, another good option for birdwatching is on the adjacent Yesler Swamp Trail which also looks out over Union Bay.

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Wedgwood’s Business District in 1958

Business WordCloudAll of the Wedgwood neighborhood came into the Seattle City Limits in 1954, and then all of Wedgwood’s businesses were listed in the Seattle City Directories.  The business listings are a fascinating look at the economics and lifestyle of the 1950s.

By way of contrast, a listing of the present-day businesses along 35th Ave NE shows the changes in economic conditions in Wedgwood over the decades and changes in the types of goods and services which are wanted.  The business listings are different now, but the buildings themselves are much the same, dating from the 1940s and 1950s during Wedgwood’s period of growth and development.

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Wedgwood: A Leafy Neighborhood

Wedgwoodians love their neighborhood trees.  In addition to nurturing the trees that we already have, Wedgwoodians are enthusiastic about planting even more trees.

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Wedgwood’s Wildlife

Throughout northeast Seattle there are many ravines, big and small, with creeks running eastward down to their outlets at Lake Washington.  As can be seen throughout the city, there are possums, raccoon and coyotes living in Wedgwood’s ravines.   It has been rumored that deer live in the wooded ravines, as well.

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Original Resources, Real History

Have you heard of Frederich Drumpf, a German immigrant who operated a restaurant in Seattle in the 1890s?

Real historians use original documents and verify their sources, and in this essay by Seattle historian Rob Ketcherside, we see that getting at the truth about Mr. Drumpf required painstaking research.

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BOOM: Changing Seattle

From July 7 through August 29, 2016, Seattle’s new Center for Architecture and Design will have an exhibit about the rapid changes we see around us in our neighborhoods with increasing density and new, unfamiliar architectural design.

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