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 is 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.

An expanded version of the exhibit is now available online.

Rainier Valley Historical Society Annual Meeting: “Lowering of Lake Washington”

The Rainier Valley Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held Saturday, April 29, at Pioneer Hall in Madison Park. The meeting will feature a talk by Jennifer Ott, HistoryLink.org historian and co-author of the upcoming publication Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. We will also screen a short film by videographer Vaun Raymond from his documentary film series Legacy of the Locks & Lake Washington Ship Canal. There will be displays about the effects of the lake lowering on Southeast Seattle; a light lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Eastside Heritage Center: Change Over Time

Eastside Heritage Center‘s curriculum focuses on specific people who lived in various places around Lake Washington, whose lives were affected by the lowering of the Lake in 1916. Each unit includes a brief biography, primary source documents, historic photographs, a map showing the shoreline before and after the lake was lowered, and suggested questions and activities, aimed at 7th grade students. Developed in partnership with the Bellevue School District. For more information or to obtain curriculum materials, contact Eastside Heritage Center at education@eastsideheritagecenter.org.

 

Sawmills on Salmon Bay

The Seattle Municipal Archives shares photos of sawmills on Salmon Bay in this interactive virtual exhibit: http://clerk.seattle.gov/~F_archives/maps/sawmills/sawmills.html

In addition, King County Archives and Seattle Municipal Archives jointly present an online exhibit: The Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Mills of Salmon Bay. This is an expanded version of the exhibit installed in the King County Courthouse pedestrian tunnel.