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 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.

Fremont Historical Society Talk – Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

Jennifer Ott, co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal, will share some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts, the political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal’s construction and operation. This talk is presented in conjunction with the Fremont Historical Society’s exhibit “From Ross Creek to Ship Canal,” at the Fremont Public Library. (Photo: Fremont Dam Wash-out)

Exhibit Reception: Fremont Public Library

Fremont Historical Society and the Fremont Public Library will host a reception May 13 in conjunction with the display “Creek to Canal, the impact of the Ship Canal on Fremont.” Historical Society members will be available to answer questions and provide information. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit: From Ross Creek to Ship Canal

Fremont Historical Society presents an exhibit “From Ross Creek to Ship Canal Canal: The impact of the Ship Canal on Fremont” at the Fremont Public Library. The exhibit will run throughout the month of May. A reception will be held on May 13, followed by a talk by historian Jennifer Ott. (Click here for details on the reception or the talk.) Please refer to the Seattle Public Library’s website for library opening hours.

Photo: Fremont Bridge. Courtesy, Valarie Bunn.