Sunday, Swamp, Soup, Cider

The Yesler Swamp Boardwalk is a highly accessible route through the restoration area on Union Bay.

The Yesler Swamp Boardwalk is a highly accessible route through the restoration area on Union Bay.

On Sunday, November 22nd at 2 PM everyone is invited to come on a guided walk through northeast Seattle’s wonderful urban amenity, the Yesler Swamp Trail.  The tour will be led by Professor Kern Ewing of the University of Washington’s Restoration Ecology Network.  On the tour you will see the progress on building a boardwalk, and the native plant restoration work.

Meet at 2 PM at the east parking lot of the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street in Laurelhurst.  There is a suggested donation of $15 which will go toward finishing the boardwalk.  At 3 PM following the tour, everyone is invited to warm up with soup and cider at a neighborhood home.

The Town of Yesler circa 1902, looking east along NE 42nd Street. Photo courtesy of History of Laurelhurst.

The Town of Yesler circa 1902, looking east along NE 42nd Street. Photo courtesy of History of Laurelhurst.

Yesler Way in Seattle is named for Henry Yesler’s sawmill which was set up in 1853 at what is now Pioneer Square, and which was Seattle’s first economic entity.  In the 1880’s, Yesler set up a sawmill at the present site of the Center for Urban Horticulture.  In 1888 the nearby blocks were platted as the Town of Yesler.  Yesler’s sawmill site in northeast Seattle was purchased from homesteader Joe Surber and later became the Laurelhurst neighborhood.

 

 

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Valarie is a volunteer history writer for northeast neighborhoods in Seattle, Washington.
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5 Responses to Sunday, Swamp, Soup, Cider

  1. Orion T says:

    Place looks awesome, and wish I was nearby. I love a good swamp, as I will keep that place in mind whenever in that area.

  2. It’s not so accessible by bus, but once you get there the trails and boardwalk make for an easy stroll out to view Union Bay. There are other trail areas along the adjacent natural area called the Montlake Fill.

  3. Orion T says:

    Sounds worthwhile. I just wish I had the time and energy left over..now pulling 60 hours a week for work between two jobs now..argh.

  4. You won’t be seeing much daylight this winter. Take care of yourself.

  5. Orion T says:

    Thanks! I do enjoy the night lights so I can at least look forward to that after work..especially with the holiday season coming up 🙂

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