Oct 30, 2014
commented on The Morning News: Who Shucked the Shells That Stalled Bertha's Rescue?
There's a story from around the turn off the 20th century of a work crew finding a tombstone in the muck down where the viaduct is now. Tombstone had an obviously Irish name on it, with a death date well before the English came here (think 1300-1500).
After some hubbub about this amazing archeological find, an old setller came forward with a story about how his friend used to do stonecutting practice and throw his practice engravings in the mudflats at the end of Washington Street.
The upshot: there's a lot of interesting garbage buried where the viaduct is now. It was one of the city's first dumps.
Nov 20, 2013
commented on A Photograph of the First Socialist on the Seattle City Council (Circa 1878)
@2 imagine a few years later, when the main railroad terminal was a few blocks west, and there was no seawall. So people would get dropped off from the train in an unfamiliar area that was unlit at night and all the 'sidewalks' were piers over tideflats. Lots of folks (drunks, visitors, rubes, some combination of the three) fell into the flats.