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The idea of a big city named New York Alki began in 1851 with the arrival of the Bell, Low, Denny, Boren, and Terry families on a Puget Sound shore. Since that rough beginning, logging, farming, shipbuilding, fishing, steel manufacturing, trolleys, and bridges have shaped the area’s people and built communities. Beaches on Puget Sound and a river leading inside the country have defined the Duwamish Peninsula. In 1907, long having discarded the misfit name New York, the town of West Seattle was annexed into Seattle. Being the largest landmass annexed to Seattle brought advantages while West Seattle’s neighborhood distinction and independent spirit remained.
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Located in an authentically restored 1904 log building, the “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum is a place to discover and celebrate the history of the Duwamish Peninsula and the birthplace of Seattle. From the Duwamish River on the east, to Puget Sound on the west, from the former site of Luna Park at Duwamish Head on the north, down through White Center, the museum shares the history of a diverse and vibrant community. Originally the carriage house of the Fir Lodge estate, this award-winning public facility and community landmark is a project of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Table of Contents
1 Getting to West Seattle 9
2 Alki and Harbor Avenue 25
3 Admiral District 53
4 All Rails Meet at the Junction 65
5 Fauntleroy 79
6 White Center 91
7 Youngstown and Riverside to Delridge 101
8 Community 111
About the Log House Museum 126