Tuesday, July 18 –
This event is sold out. Registrants will be emailed details prior to the event.
Within 50 years of the Denny party’s arrival in Seattle, the city undertook several massive projects which permanently changed the topography of the city. Between 1898 and 1930, Seattle completed perhaps the most audacious engineering change by eliminating Denny Hill at the north end of downtown. By the end of the project, Seattleites had washed and scraped more than 11 cubic million yards of Denny Hill, reducing the previously 240-foot-high mound to a flat landscape.
During our two-mile walk, David B. Williams -- freelance writer and former NSWA president -- will discuss the full scope of this massive regrade project, point out often overlooked but still existing evidence of the topographic changes, and explain how this reshaping of the Seattle landscape continues to shape Seattle and those who call it home.
The walk is a loop and will start and end at roughly the same location downtown. Specific meeting instructions will be sent by email to registrants. After the walk we'll head to Virginia Inn Restaurant & Bar for more conversation.
David B. Williams is a geologist, author and educator whose award-winning book "Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography" explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the 20th century. His other books include “Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City” and “Waterway: The story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal” (to be published July 2017).
Contact NSWA secretary Michelle Ma with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.