Why does a city surrounded by water need another waterway?
Find out what drove Seattle's civic leaders to pursue the dream of a Lake Washington Ship Canal for more than sixty years and what role it has played in the region's development over the past century.
Historians Jennifer Ott and David B. Williams (author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography and Seattle Walks) explore how industry, transportation, and the very character of the city and surrounding region developed in response to the economic and environmental changes brought by Seattle's canal and locks.
David B. Williams is a freelance writer focused on the intersection of people and the natural world. He is the author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist, and Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography. He maintains the blog GeologyWriter.com.
Jennifer Ott is an environmental historian and assistant director of HistoryLink, the on-line encyclopedia of Washington history. She has written many HistoryLink essays about the ship canal and the creation of the Port of Seattle which was the underlying legislation leading to construction of the ship canal.
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