Seattle Chamber of Commerce reports the waterfront highly developed on December 31, 1901.

  • By Patrick McRoberts
  • Posted 11/04/1998
  • Essay 162
On December 31, 1901, following a period of building on the waterfront to support the growing trade with Asia, the Chamber of Commerce reports: "Instead of the old irregular of wharfs and bunkers, there is now a complete chain of piers constructed along similar lines and in general conformity with each other ... .They represent a period of greatest development of the city" (Bermer, 23).

The Northern Pacific Railroad and the Pacific Coast Company, which owned the coalfields near the Green River, were primarily responsible for the construction of 18 piers and warehouses during 1900.

Sources: Richard C. Berner, Seattle 1900-1920: From Boomtown, Urban Turbulence, to Restoration (Seattle, Charles Press, 1991), 23.

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