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Exhibit: The Sawmills of Salmon Bay and the Ship Canal

Thu. June 01, 2017 - Mon. July 31, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm

This exhibit features drawings, maps, and other records from the King County Archives, with photographs from the Seattle Municipal Archives. The majority of the records displayed were created to document the anticipated impact of the raising of the water level along the shore of Salmon Bay. The exhibit offers a glimpse at the workings of early 20th Century sawmills and the life of the workers who ran them. While focusing primarily on the effects of the Ship Canal on the mill industry, it also touches on labor issues and the regional role of Ballard’s mills from the 1890s through United States engagement in World War I.

The exhibit will be mounted in the underground pedestrian tunnel between the King County Courthouse and the Administration Building in downtown Seattle, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note, the pedestrian tunnel is closed on weekends.

Image: Cedar Mill Cross Section, Series 276, Salmon Bay Waterway Condemnation Survey No. 1255, 1915. King County Archives.


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Start: June 1 @ 8:30 am End: July 31 @ 4:30 pm


Location: King County Pedestrian Tunnel
516 3rd Ave
Seattle, 98104 United States

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Organizer: King County Archives
Website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/records-licensing/archives.aspx