“For $2 a Day: Building the Ballard Locks”

Susan Connole of Friends of the Ballard Locks will share stories and photos of how the Locks were built, in honor of the Centennial anniversary, at the Ballard Public Library, Thursday, June 29. Free and open to the public.

Seattle Municipal Archives Online Exhibit: Life on the Cut

The Seattle Municipal Archives has posted an online exhibit of photos called “Life on the Cut,” which features homes and businesses captured between 1974 and 1980 in the neighborhoods whose development was spurred by transportation and trade activities made possible by the canal project. The exhibit also contains examples of maritime activity, as well as snapshots of Old Ballard, Foss Maritime, Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard, maritime shipyards, and Gas Works Park.

Find the exhibit here.

Exhibit: The Sawmills of Salmon Bay and the Ship Canal

This exhibit features drawings, maps, and other records from the King County Archives, with photographs from the Seattle Municipal Archives. The majority of the materials in the exhibit 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. It touches on the history of Ballard’s mills, labor issues of the time, and the impact of the canal on Ballard’s Shingletown.

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.

Scavenger Hunt

“Hiram’s Hunt!” The Lockspot Café is hosting a scavenger hunt to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. All proceeds will go to Discover Your Northwest which is raising funds to refurbish the fish ladder. Teams of up to six can pre-register at The Lockspot for $80, or $100 the day of the event. A hot meal will be provided at the end of the hunt as well as prizes. Costumes are encouraged (especially if they are nautical!) with a prize for the best team. Please dress for the weather. Hiram’s Hunt will begin at the entrance to the Locks and will range through old Ballard.