"Seattle Area's first Settlement from the USA" West Seattle by glabah

West Seattle Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 88 photos

What is now downtown Seattle was not the first location of an attempted settlement in the area. In fact, the first settlers from the United State of America decided that Alki Point and what is now West Seattle would make a much better place than the swampland where Seattle now sits. At the time, of course, Washington wasn't even a territory, and was considered part of the Oregon territory.

Life on the Peninsula was difficult, and by the 1860s almost all traces of the first settlement here had vanished. Soon, what is now Seattle (named after the Native American chief that welcomed the refugees from the Alki Peninsula) was the primary settlement in the area.

By the early 1900s, there was regular ferry service between downtown Seattle and the Alki peninsula so that people could enjoy the beaches at that location. The swamps near Seattle had all been filled in, and there were no longer beaches near Seattle itself. However, the Alki Peninsula represented reasonably unspoiled beaches for people to relax.

Today, it is a commuter suburb and small town coastal community environment, but with enough traffic through it to remind you that you are very close to a major city.

I have divided my West Seattle and Alki Peninsula material into two separate areas. The items further east on the Peninsula are in the West Seattle area you are reading now. Those items that are further west and facing Puget Sound are in the Alki section.

  • Last visit to West Seattle: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 10, 2010
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Even better viewpoint is to be found at the north end of California Avenue - Hamilton Viewpoint. What is nice about W. Seattle is it truly is a town within a town.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Admiral viewpoint looks a good place for a view, also like the Totem Pole.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    always feels good to be the 1st on any page. nice tips and pictures on this page that i visited because of my curiosity for the west coast.


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