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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The hidden Monuments in Seattle

Dear Seattleites' Diary Reader, there are so many monuments around Seattle, however they are kept hidden unless you search for them. They are not in any tourist guidebook, however they are there for us to enjoy and take pictures.

The Hats and Boots in Georgetown Neighborhood

Source: See Seattle

The Hat ‘n’ Boots was originally built as a Premium Tex gas station near Georgetown. The station office is canopied by a giant cowboy hat measuring 44 feet in diameter, and the restrooms are housed in boots standing 22 feet tall. Today the restored Hat 'n' Boots rest nearby in Oxford Park, Georgetown. The cowboy hat is now a metal skeleton frame, without its original orange concrete skin. - Source Jeff Burger Flickr

The Birthplace of Seattle Monument by Alki Beach

You may have gone to Alki Beach, but have you ever notice that there's a monument that marks the location where the Denny Party landed in 1851, establishing the first non-native settlement on Elliott Bay. In 2001, a plaque acknowledging the assistance that these first settlers received from the region's indigenous people was added to the monument, one of many efforts in recent years to make the role of Native Americans more visible in the local historical record. The nearby Log House Museum offers exhibits and video programs highlighting early contact between Native and non-native people in the Seattle area. - source Seattle Cultural Guide

The Fishermen's Terminal Monument

Source: lighthouselucy

In 1988, the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial dedicated this magnificent bronze and stone aggregate monument at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal. The celebration culminated years of effort and generous contribution by Seattle's commercial fishing community. This towering sculpture and the bronze name plaques at its base have become a place of reverence, recognition and healing for the families of more than 675 local commercial fishermen and women who have lost their lives pursuing their livelihood since the turn of the century. - source Seattle Fishermen's Memorial

The Chief of Seattle Statue in Downtown Seattle

Source- Wikipedia

City of Seattle was named after its founder, Chief of Seattle. In 1890, a group of Seattle pioneers led by Arthur Armstrong Denny set up a monument over his grave, with the inscription "SEATTLE Chief of the Suqamps and Allied Tribes, Died June 7, 1866. The Firm Friend of the Whites, and for Him the City of Seattle was Named by Its Founders" On the reverse is the inscription "Baptismal name, Noah Sealth, Age probably 80 years." The site was restored and a native sculpture added in 1976. Source - Wikipedia