Low Tides uncover cool West Seattle history


With much of our industrial history only dating back a hundred years or so, the lowest tides of the season still show-off West Seattle’s colorful past.  Today’s low tide of -3.7 was about as low as we’re going to see this year so I figured a walk around the point was in order. The first stop was checking out the pilings rearing their worn heads from the early 1900’s off of Weather Watch Park at Carroll Street SW.


Some of the only history I’ve been able to find about the old pier is the verbal account of Ada Hallberg  published in the newsletter Footprints of the SSWHS

There was a pier at Carroll St. in the early 1900’s; it was a regular port of call for the little steamer Eagle, which carried passengers to several ports on the Sound, including this little village of South Alki. Villagers would gather here when the steamer docked to meet the passengers. It was a time that neighbors met to greet each other and to visit with each other whether they expected a passenger or not. It was a gathering place for people whose homes were a considerable distance from each other.

The only other evidence of a substantial pier existing at this location is from a USCG chart dated 1918. I have inquiries into the Log House Museum as well as the Puget Sound Maritime Museum for any vintage photos showing this location was a launch (40ft or less) for Mosquito fleet steamers. The steamer Eagle was reported to have burnt & sunk in it’s home port of Winslow in the Spring of 1903. Many blamed the misfortune on an improper christening!  NOT THAT THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FISHING HOLES but I can personally attest to the unusual deep underwater ravine located just off the park…



Next stop is some submerged pilings found on the south-end of Alki Beach. This was the southern stretch of several piers along Alki Beach…



Photo courtesy of BDB’s Rhonda Porter


This Seattle Archived photo 1936 shows the pier off in the distance.

Third stop is the site of the biggest, most bestest amusement park west of Chicago





A shot of the pier and support pilings of Luna Park & a protected niche for repairing halibut fishing boats 

Fourth point of interest was the dawning of of Seattle’s first regular ferry service (outside the Mosquito fleet) near what is now Seacrest Park. An excerpt from History Link

The company built a dock near today’s Seacrest Marina and began offering regular service to downtown Seattle on a steam-powered sidewheeler named the City of Seattle, the first bona fide ferry on Puget Sound, launched December 24, 1888. The crossing took eight minutes. One hundred and thirteen years, ten bridges, and tens of millions of dollars later, the City of Seattle still holds the record for the fastest trip between Seattle and West Seattle.





Finally, I wonder where these tracks and ramps led to…



Davy’s Locker perhaps???


Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog


Happy 100th Birthday, Alki Light House!

Today’s celebration marking the 100th birthday of the Alki Light House began at the Log Museum at noon. The museum is featuring a new exhibit with items from the light house and has free cookies and coloring for the little ones.


The Alki Light House is set to open in a few minutes (1:00 pm) to start their celebration… stay tuned and be sure to check out Scupper’s photos taken from the Sound of the light house.

UPDATE 1:45 PM:  The Alki Light House is doing tours and, as standard procedure, they limit how many people may enter at a time.

Alki Light House

While you wait for turn to celebrate on the Alki Light House grounds, they have quizzes available or you can learn how to tie various knots.


Orcas off Beach Drive

We were away from home when this pod swam by Mee Kwa Mooks towards Alki.

Just learned about this via Lisa Wallace Baker on Facebook – thanks, Lisa!

Did you see the Orcas?

Remembering 9/11 on Alki

This Sunday marks the 10th year since 9/11.  The Southwest Seattle Historical Society invites you to the Log House Museum to view a memorial on Sunday from 12:00 – 7:00 pm.  At 7:00 on Sunday, there will be a candelight vigil at the Alki Statue of Liberty to memorialize the fallen as well as survivors and families of  the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center  in New York.

God Bless America.

Not Quite Beach Drive…but…

These apartments located off of 63rd and Alki are very festive.DSC_0184

Also Happening Now: Salty’s Half Marathon

This morning at 8:15 a.m. marathoners began a half marathon starting at Salty's at Alki with course going on Beach Drive into Lincoln Park.  

The sidewalks will be a little busier this morning than normal.  We may need to be extra careful when backing out of hidden driveways. 

The marathon ends at 11:15 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast this morning and support West Seattle Hi-Yu

The West Seattle Hi-Yu Community Brunch takes place this morning beginning at 9:00 am and ending at noon.   Come on out and support the Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu candidates, including Beach Drive resident, Kelsey Porter.

The coronation of 2010's Miss West Seattle HiYu takes place tomorrow night at the West Seattle High School.  You can purchase tickets at this morning's brunch for $10 or pay $15 at the door.



The brunch takes place at the Alki UCC Church located at 6112 SW Hinds.   The suggested donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12 supporing the Hi-Yu scholarshp program.   The menu features bacon, sausage, eggs, fresh fruit salad and pastries.

The community breakfast is hosted by Don and Sheryl Bogie.   According to the West Seattle Herald:

Don Bogie promises a great, fresh breakfast, "I cut the fruit salad that morning" and notes that "It really is community because you see the same people every year."

Side note:  Don Bogie is the 2008 Seattle Weekly's Best Bartender.

The photos are from the West Seattle Grand Parade yesterday.  You can view more of my photo's by clicking here.


Help Spruce Up the Log House Museum

Spring Cleanup for the Log House Museum:  Saturday, June 5, 2010, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 3003 61st Ave. S.W.
Help spruce up a West Seattle icon.  The Log House Museum, marking the Birthplace of Seattle, needs a spring cleaning:  fence repair and painting, gutter cleaning, window washing, brick cleaning, patio sweeping, yard raking, box moving, paper shredding.  Join us for a community work party and choose a task appropriate to your talents.

Reminder: Alki Community Council meets Thursday at a New Location

Alki_Button The Alki Community Council will meet Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the Alki UCC Church at 6115 Hinds St.  This is a new location.

Special guest will be Lyn McClelland, who will speak about the Alki Light Station.

You’re Invited to Watch the Christmas Ships at the Log House Museum

A few days ago, we posted when Argosy Christmas Ships will be sailing along Beach Drive homes.   This in from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

Coming to see the Christmas Ship at Alki?  Stop at the Log House Museum first for cookies, cider and free museum tours.

The Log House Museum will be open Saturday, December 12th from 12:00 noon until 9:30 p.m.   Come see live Seattle history:  The Log House was built in 1904.  And don't forget the Log House Museum when considering a holiday gift.  Family or individual Memberships are a great gift that lasts all year!

The Log House Museum is located one block south of Alki at 3003 – 61st Avenue SW, Seattle.