Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City

Seattle author David B. Williams is well-known for his geology walks and talks.  In recent years he has been doing research into Seattle history and how the city has interacted with and altered its natural environment, and he wrote the story of Seattle’s regrading projects in Too High and Too Steep.   On March 1, 2017, Mr. Williams launched his newest book, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City.

The debut event for Seattle Walks was on March 1st, 2017, at the auditorium in the downtown Seattle Public Library, where David B. Williams read from his book.  Check Mr. Williams’ blog page for more upcoming speaking dates.  UPDATE:  You can hear Mr. Williams’ March 1, 2017 presentation via podcast on the Seattle Public Library webpage.

Here is a photo essay of scenes selected from different walk routes in the book.

Mr. Williams writes,

Author David Williams. Photo by Andrew Croneberger.

Author David B. Williams

My goal is to write a book with walks that will help people notice details they have perpetually walked by, as well as pull together disparate observations that reveal larger stories. The walks take people to new spots and by old favorites, lead to panoramas and intimate hideaways, and go on trail and sidewalk. They will appeal to newcomers and long time residents. They will be fun.  

By taking these tours, I hope that readers will see Seattle in a new light and acquire a new appreciation of how the city has changed through time, how the past influences the present, and how nature is all around us, even in the urban landscape.

Here are the book chapters:

Walk 1 – Seattle’s Historic Shoreline: Remnants from the Past
Walk 2 – Denny Hill: The Big Hill that Went Away
Walk 3 – Stories in Stone: Downtown Rocks
Walk 4 – Where You At?: A Downtown Geographical Tour
Walk 5 – Who’s Watching You?: A Downtown Menagerie in Stone and Terra-Cotta
seattle-walks-march-2017Walk 6 – Regrades and the International District: Shaping a Landscape of Diversity
Walk 7 – Madison Street: Elliott Bay to Lake Washington
Walk 8 – Lake Union: Circumnavigate the Center of the City
Walk 9 – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Discovery Park: Boats, Birds, and Big Trees
Walk 10 – Green Lake to Lake Washington: Tracing a Historic Creek
Walk 11 – Meadowbrook Pond and Thornton Creek: Restoration and Renewal
Walk 12 – Magnuson Park: The Land Comes Full Circle
Walk 13 – Capitol Hill: Elegance in the Details
Walk 14 – Beacon Hill: Great Diversity and Great Views
Walk 15 – Rainier Beach to Columbia City: From Slough to Slough
Walk 16 – Delridge and Pigeon Point: The Lesser-Known Side of West Seattle
Walk 17 – West Seattle: Old Growth and Alki Point

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer history writer for the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
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