Vecindarios de Seattle: Lakewood -- Historia Abreviada

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 3/28/2001
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 3140

Lakewood, un vecindario en la línea costera del Lago Washington en el sudeste de Seattle, está ubicado al oeste de Genesee Park y al norte de Seward Park (a menudo se lo considera parte del vecindario de Seward Park). La zona era originariamente una peninsula en la costa oeste del Lago Washington, formada por una larga caleta llamada Canal Wetmore – la ubicación actual de Genesee Park – que se extendía más de media milla hacia el sur desde el lago y seguía al oeste hacia Columbia City. No fue sino hasta que un puente llevó Lake Washington Boulevard S a través de la boca del canal en 1912 y una línea de tranvías se abrió sobre S Genesee Street que la comunidad pudo ganar una buena comunicación con el resto de la ciudad. La disminución del nivel del lago luego de la apertura del Canal para Barcos del Lago Washington en 1917 secó el canal. La Ciudad de Seattle adquirió la tierra donde había estado el canal para desarrollar un parque, pero la usó por varios años como vaciadero. En 1957, la Ciudad desarrolló Stanley S. Sayres Memorial Hydroplane Pits en el extremo norte del antiguo canal. En 1968, bonos de Forward Thrust permitieron la realización de los planes largamente demorados para desarrollar el área restante del canal como el Parque y Campo de Juegos Genesee. Además de su parque, Lakewood es una mezcla de grandes casas cercanas a la costa y hogares más modestos tierra adentro.


Sources:

"Lakewood Community Club," brochure, 1948, Rainier Valley Historical Society, Seattle; David Buerge, "Indian Lake Washington," The Weekly, August 1, 1984, pp. 29-33; Don Sherwood, "Seward Park - Graham Peninsula," Interpretive Essays on the History of Seattle Parks, Handwritten bound manuscript dated 1977, Seattle Room, Seattle Public Library; Don Sherwood, "Genessee P.F., Wetmore Slough," Ibid.; Don Sherwood, "Stanley S. Sayres Memorial Park," Ibid.; "Cougar captured near Lake Washington about February 23, 1870," Timeline Library, (www.Historylink.org); Paul Dorpat, Seattle Now and Then, (Seattle: Tartu Publications, 1984), 82; Lucile B. McDonald, The Lake Washington Story, (Seattle: Superior Publishing Co., 1979), 23, 87, 88; Redick H. McKee, Road Map of Seattle and Vicinity, 1890, Seattle Public Library; "Guide Map of the City of Seattle, Washington Territory," ca. 1888, brochure, Seattle Public Library; David Wilma interview with Grover Haynes, president, Lakewood-Seward Park Community Club, March 31, 2001, Seattle, Washington; Alan A. Hynding, "Eugene Semple's Canal Scheme," The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, vol. 59, no. 2, (April 1968), 77-87; Joseph B. Shepherd, "Improvement Clubs and Their Works," The Seattle Times, March 29, 1928, p. 18; "Columbia City's Seaport Dream Never to Come True," Ibid., April 9, 1937, p. 7; David B. Williams, Jennifer Ott, and the staff of HistoryLink, Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal, (Seattle: HistoryLink, forthcoming, June 2017).
Note: This essay was revised and corrected on November 2, 2011, and revised and expanded on April 20, 2017.


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