Preserving the History of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle, Washington

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Summer Concert Schedule

Here is the upcoming summer concert schedule. A text version will hopefully be added soon.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ballard Locks & Puget Sound Archaeology

Ballard Locks & Puget Sound Archaeology

From comes an invitation to attend a talk by the Suquamish Historic Preservation Officer which should be of great interest to many.  You can use the following link to learn more and register as seating will be limited to 50 people.

Description of the event

"Discover a bit of ancient history connected with the Locks. Dennis Lewarch, Suquamish Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, will address how sea level rise after the most recent Ice Age, 10,000 years ago, likely affected land use practice by the first arrivals to the Puget. Sea levels were a few hundred feet lower when the earliest inhabitants arrived and many things have changed since then. Dennis offers an interesting glimpse into the changes that took place as sea level rise changed both living conditions and food sources."

Be sure to look around on the site to find many other activities and talks of interest to the community.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Name This Boat

Recently we had a request from someone wanting to know the identity of the boat in the 2 photos below. He guessed it might be from the 30's based on the cars visible on the road above. There seems to have been quite a crowd gathered, so was this an occasion? Or perhaps a boat of some distinction which drew the onlookers down to the locks to view it. Unfortunately, due to Seattle's infamously fickle weather, the heavy coats in evidence cannot be taken as an indication of the time of year. It could just as easily be mid July, as a December morning. So all you nautical detectives, weigh anchor and weigh in.

Crowd watching vessel in large lock.

Who might have added the artistic keyhole affect for this photo?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Feb. 2 - Anniversary of the First Filling of the Locks

The large lock was filled for the first time ever. on Feb. 2 1916. There was to be a small celebration to mark the occasion, but as the photos show, a heavy snowstorm put a damper on the occasion. Nevertheless, local dignitaries, and people responsible for this project showed up despite the elements.

At the first filling of the lock.

From the Seattle Times, Feb 3 1916

It took just over a half hour to fill the large lock and credit must be given to the dignitaries who withstood the freezing temperatures for the occasion. Here's some photos from the day we uncovered,

With the dignitaries watching from the far end, the water is seen as it starts to fill the large lock.

Much debris in the lock visible as it fills.

The large lock filled.

Feb 3, the Corps boat Orcas uses the lock.