When early settlers landed on Alki Point in 1854, what today is Seattle was only a heavily forested tract across the bay. Cluttered by hills and hemmed in by tideflats, the land didn't suit the dwellers' purposes.
So, as the settlement grew and flourished, it was also reshaped over the next century to meet the needs of the population. Eventually, Woodinville and other Eastside communities also absorbed some of that population, but not for another 30-40 years.
The impact of those alterations is the topic when David B. Williams appeared on Saturday, October 20th at one of the free programs presented monthly by the Woodinville Heritage Society.
In altering the landscape, the early citizens regraded Denny Hill, re-engineered the tideflats, and replumbed the lakes to provide better locations for business and easier ways to move through the challenging topography of early Seattle.
Williams has researched the topic extensively. Williams is a repeat presenter, having entertained the Woodinville audience last year with his story of the Lake Washington Ship Canal dig, including its impact on Woodinville and the Sammamish valley.
Williams is a naturalist, author and educator whose award-winning book, Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography, explores the unprecedented engineering that shaped Seattle during the early part of the 20th century. He is also a curatorial associate at the Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus.
Most people pay their respects to our military veterans on Veteran’s Day with good reason…our freedom, our liberty, and for some our lives. There are a few individuals that have made it their mission to go out of their way to thank and treat veterans throughout the year. One of those people is local resident Drea Huck. She does it by sending coffee care packages from home to our troops with inspirational notes and messages. Huck currently supports eight active military personnel groups weekly.
Huck’s ties to the military are not by chance. She is from Slovakia, and her father was in the military there. Her father rose to the rank of Major although he is now retired. She said her connection to the military is “in my blood.” She described herself as a “child of the world,” and her first trip to America was with an exchange program to California over 15 years ago.Read more ...