Co-written with HistoryLink historian Jennifer Ott, our book will highlight how Seattle’s civic leaders doggedly pursued construction of the ship canal over several decades despite numerous setbacks and competition from other canal schemes. The book will explore how the waterway was rearranged, the canal’s wide-ranging environmental impacts, who has worked and played on the canal, and how it has shaped the local economy and communities. Filled with maps and historic photographs, Waterway will offer a new way to see and understand one of the more importance changes to Seattle economic, ecologic, and social landscape.
Keep an eye on HistoryLink.org for new essays about the ship canal. To be published June 2017 in time for the commemoration of the centennial of the opening of the locks on July 4, 1917.