The look of the Chittenden Locks has been greatly influenced by two men. Carl English, who transformed the empty lawns of the grounds into the botanical garden you see today, and Carl Gould, who designed several of the buildings and structures you walk among when you visit the locks. Sara Peterson has researched and written a piece on both of these men and here is an online version. Clicking on these images should give you a larger higher resolution image. Otherwise you can download them to your computer and enlarge them there, or increase your screen display for easier reading.
In addition, Sara wrote an article which was accepted and posted on historylink.org and you can find it here.
One hundred years ago, the Ship Canal and Government Locks were officially opened and dedicated, with a days celebration marked by a parade of hundreds of boats led by the steamer Roosevelt. For any of you who missed the event of July 4 1917, there's a second chance to see the historic ship on display at the Locks. Well, a model of the ship, anyway. After it's successful voyage with Admiral Peary in his polar expedition, it was sold and used as a tug on many world wide trips. Eventually, however, it was badly damaged and was beached to be left to the elements along the Panama Canal. Local craftsman, Clayton Naset, has spent months constructing a marvelous replica of the ship and it is on display in the Administration Building at the Locks, where it will reside for some time. Just another reason to visit the Chittenden Locks.
President's Day Weekend will also feature many other displays and information on activities and resources commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of this historic local waterway and you can find more information here at the Making the Cut's website.
Many of these projects are produced by members of the Making the Cut group, and funding and support has been provided by 4Culture.
As part of the years centennial activities comemorating the completion of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Chittenden Locks, there will be displays and performances open to the public free of charge from Saturday, Feb 18 through Monday, Feb. 20, between the hours of 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Check out the Administration Building for displays from HistoryLink.org, Friends of the Ballard Locks, Fremont Historical Society, and Rainier Historical Society
In addition, Maritime Folknet is presenting a day of local musicians presenting original musical works on various aspects of this 100 year old project. This is a great chance to bring the family for an afternoon of entertainment and perhaps some local history mixed in for good measure. Starting time is noon on Sunday Feb. 19 and here's a link to their website for more info.