A map of the Seattle shoreline from 1897 per USGS

A map of the Seattle shoreline from 1897 per USGS

Secrets of Seattle’s Historic Shoreline Walking Tours

Alaskan Way & Lenora Street | Free
Wednesday March 16, 10 am–12 pm
Wednesday April 20, 10 am–12 pm
Wednesday May 18, 10 am–12 pm
Wednesday June 15, 10 am–12 pm
Thursday June 16, 10 am–12 pm
Wednesday July 20, 10 am–12 pm
Thursday July 21, 10 am–12 pm
Wednesday August 17, 10 am–12 pm
Thursday August 18, 10 am–12 pm
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More tour dates are opening Thursdays! Join geology writer David B. Williams on a walking tour exploring how the Seattle shoreline has shifted across time.

More so than most cities, Seattle has shaped itself to suit its needs. Seattle has removed hills, filled tide flats, and created a completely new downtown shoreline. Join author David B. Williams on a 1.5 mile walking tour to explore the last vestiges of the former downtown bluffs, trace the lost island of Seattle, and examine how the subterranean fill still affects the modern landscape.

This walking tour starts at the intersection of Alaskan Way and Lenora Street along the waterfront and ends at Occidental Park. The tour is planned to occur the third Wednesday of each month running March through August. Recommended age: 4 years and older. Group size is limited, register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot for free. See our Visit Pier 62 page for tips on getting to the waterfront and frequently asked questions.

Homewaters - A Human and Natural History of the Puget Sound: this book cover shows a big body of water with one kayaker on it, with big thick fog above the water, and evergreen treetops visible amongst the fog.

Homewaters - A Human and Natural History of the Puget Sound

David Williams: a middle-aged white man with thinning hair and a beard stands looking at the viewer. He is visible from the chest up. In the background you can see saltwater and a city skyline.

David B. Williams

Too High & Too Steep - this book cover features a sepia-toned view of steeply excavated terrain, a large house is visible along with a cloud-filled sky.

Too High & Too Steep cover

Seattle Walks by David Williams - the book cover features two people standing with their backs to the viewer, looking across the water at the Seattle skyline. In the foreground behind them is concrete ground that has been zhuzhed up with an artistic relief sculpture.

Seattle Walks by David Williams - the book cover

About David Williams

David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose new book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound is a deep exploration of the stories of this beautiful waterway. He is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City and Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum.

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