come fly with me
by offwhitephotos
Seattle pioneer Thomas Mercer (1813-1898) was the first to point out the benefits of building a navigable passage between the fresh waters of Lake Washington and the saltwater of Puget Sound to the Pacific beyond.
At a village celebration on July 4, 1854, Mercer proposed the name Union for the lake lying between Salmon Bay on the west and Lake Washington on the east, in the full confidence that a canal would eventually connect these waters. Eighty years passed before this vision was fully realized. • The Lake Washington Ship Canal has connected Seattle’s largest freshwater lakes to the Puget Sound since the early 1900s. (You can just see the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks down there…)
Hiram M. Chittenden had command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle in 1906, and worked tirelessly to ensure completion of the canal against financial and political odds. By the time the Lake Washington Ship Canal’s Government Locks opened in 1917, a stroke had confined Hiram Chittenden to a wheel chair. He died on October 9, 1917. Then, in 1956, the Corps of Engineers renamed the Ballard locks to honor his memory.” [historical narrative excerpts courtesy of HistoryLink.org]
As children, my parents brought us to the Locks regularly where we marveled at the fish ladder and watched for hours as the boats raised and lowered on their passage to and from the Sound. They instilled in me a deep admiration and respect for the many facets of our maritime heritage.
I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful city, surrounded by water…
Experiencing my city from above inspired a deeper appreciation for just how beautiful this place is that I call home.
•• all images were shot by me in August 2012 using Hipstamatic for iPhone: Wonder lens + W40 film ••
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