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Drawing the Line: A Temporary Tracing of Lake Washington’s Historical Shoreline

Sun. August 28, 2016 - Sun. August 28, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm


A hundred years ago this summer, the Montlake Cut was completed, and Lake Washington began to flow out into Lake Union (and then to Puget Sound, via the Ballard Locks). By October of 1916, Lake Washington was nine feet lower, and a whole lot of places that had been underwater no longer were. On August 28th (Bicycle Sunday), local historian and artist Mikala Woodward will be temporarily reviving this vanished landscape by walking the former shoreline with a field chalker. The journey will begin at the Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center at 10 am and wind up at Seward Park in the early afternoon. The chalk line is non-toxic and will last 3-5 days. A handout explaining the project and the history behind it will be available at info stations along the route. Many thanks to Amir Sheikh and the Waterlines Project for historical mapping, and to 4Culture for a generous Heritage Project grant.


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Date: August 28, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Location: Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center
3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, WA 98118 United States

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Organizer: Mikala Woodward, Historian
Email: MikalaWoodward@gmail.com