My father, Keith, loved this city of Seattle, his adopted home. I never thought of him as a Minnesotan but definitely a Washingtonian. He ancestors and his life have been the focus of this blog but now that I have come to the end of his life, I would like to share some fun sites of Seattle. These are all events in Seattle’s history that he was part of.
Dad would take us on adventures and the Washington Ship Canal was one of them and the Ballard Locks. I remember watching the water rise and fall. What came after was the Opening of Boating Season and watching the boats making their way through the locks to Lake Union and through to Lake Washington. It is sort of a celebration of this created waterway.
When the Seattle World’s Fair was here in 1962, I remember walking around with him and looking at all the wonderful exhibits. We did go up the elevator to the top of the Space Needle to observe. Several years later he finally got to eat dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, I think it was his birthday party. This is still a treat and they have kinds of events at the top of the Needle.
The Seattle Municipal Archives has a nice article about the fair and if you scroll down you can find some photographs to check out: http://www.seattle.gov/cityarchives/exhibits-and-education/digital-document-libraries/century-21-worlds-fair Google Images has some really cool stuff to take a look at. and this is a good article:
We have a coffee table book about the history of the Seattle Center as it is called now. It is host to many activities throughout the year. http://www.seattlecenter.com/
Several excursions to Woodland Park Zoo which is a whole new zoo now. It has won several conservation awards and it is noted for its natural like habitats for the animals. I don’t think my Dad would recognize it at all but he would be proud.
The Seattle Waterfront where the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop was a main feature with the mummy. This area will have a major change if and when Bertha fishes the tunnel and the Aurora Viaduct is a thing of the past. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/ Update: I brought my sister home from SeaTac and we went to the waterfront to get home and it was a mess with all the construction and more. They had closed the viaduct for repairs so we could not go all the way. I thought the waterfront would work, but I was wrong. We got home eventually but be advised that things are all messed up along Seattle’s waterfront.
The Washington State Ferries were also a big deal and took us many places. The goal was to get to the front of the ferry-boat and let the wind hit you in the face. This of course depended on the weather. The website Evergreen Fleet covers all the ferries for a very large area. http://www.evergreenfleet.com/ Gee, I wonder what Dad would have thought of computers?
This link is more of the Puget Sound Ferries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_State_Ferries
The excursion to Tillacum Village on Blake Island is short of a thing to do in Seattle and I was there with my parents. It is a salmon bake and an Native American dancing show. I am sure it is very fancy now from the pictures.
My parent’s and I took the Underground Tour which is a lot of fun sometime in the 1960’s. He got a big kick out of the book “Sons of the Profits,” by Bill Speidel, which is a tongue in cheek expose about Seattle’s history.
Seattle is not the city my parents knew. It has changed a lot since they both passed and has grown up, so to speak. So many of the old buildings are gone now or repurposed.
A family member did a fun thing by placing memory plaques at two locations for Keith.
There is one at the Pike Place Market under the sign where everyone walks on his tile. His tile is near the 2nd sign, not the front entrance. It is the sign at Pine and Pike. I think he would get a kick out of the people walking on it. Here I am trying to mark where the tile is but you can see it is very busy.
There is another at the Stan Sayre’s pits where they set up for the Hydroplane Races on Lake Washington. I have not seen that one but need to get that remedied soon.
He would take us to the hydroplane races every year and various Sea Fair activities. Yes, there are airplane engines in hydroplanes!