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Seattle Waterfront, 1898.

HistoryLink Waterfront Walking Tour

Aug 21 2021 | 1–2 pm
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Join HistoryLink historian Jennifer Ott as she tells the stories of piers and people, ships and railroads, and the ever‑evolving landscapes.

The central waterfront has layers of stories, many of them hidden from view like the beach that once welcomed Coast Salish canoes. Join HistoryLink historian Jennifer Ott as she tells the stories of piers and people, ships and railroads, and ever-evolving landscapes.

This walking tour starts at the southwest corner of 1st Ave & King St., making its way along the waterfront and finishing at Pier 62.

Jennifer Ott is an environmental historian and the assistant director at HistoryLink. In addition to writing Olmsted in Seattle: Creating a Park System for a Modern City (2019), she is the co-author, with David Williams, of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal (2017) and the general editor and co-author of Seattle at 150: Stories of the City through 150 Objects from the Seattle Municipal Archives (2018). Jennifer has also contributed articles on Washington state history to HistoryLink.orgSeattle magazine, and the Oregon Historical Quarterly. She is a former board member and past president of Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks, and she is a current member of the Volunteer Park Trust’s Steering Committee. She has a master’s degree in environmental and western American history from the University of Montana.


Colman Dock, 1917.


RR Ave N from Marion, c 1910.


Seattle Waterfront, 1898.

Created in partnership with HistoryLink

HistoryLink is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1997 to pioneer innovative approaches to historical research, education, and publishing. Its primary public service activity is production of, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history and the nation’s first original encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet.

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