Seattle's Monorail construction contract is signed on May 13, 1961.
- By Greg Lange
- Posted 1/17/1999
- HistoryLink.org Essay 719
On May 13, 1961, the construction contract for the Alweg monorail is signed. The line, to be featured at the World's Fair in 1962, is to run on a raised track from the Century 21 Fairgrounds north of downtown Seattle along 5th Avenue to just north of Pine Street.
The Swedish-designed system's two four-car trains are fabricated in Germany and Howard S. Wright Construction manages the installation of elevated guideways and terminals. The system ultimately cost $4.2 million, financed by the Swedish-owned company Alwac International. Century 21 Corporation, which staged the Seattle World's Fair, took over the line and sold it to the Seattle Transit Commission for $600,000 in 1965.
Don Duncan, Meet Me at the Center: The Story of Seattle Center From the Beginnings to 1962 Seattle World’s Fair to the 21st Century (Seattle: Seattle Center Foundation, 1992), 42; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 5, 2003, p. A-9; Eddie Carlson, "Recollections of a Lucky Fellow," (Seattle: Self-published, 1989), p. 159.
Note: This essay was updated on April 10, 2004, and corrected on May 3, 2004.
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