(Click to Enlarge) Not as confidential as many. The original for this comes from the Log House Museum - if my memory serves me well. And so this is most likely somewhere near Alki Point. The picture is nearly as old as the museum and the Homestead although not as old, I think. That is, the couple in firs is certainly not helping in either the museum's or the restaurant's construction. I don't think we know the women (who they are) but the photographer's name is printed (the top of it) - Zora? - at the lower left corner. So lots of evidences. Somewhere on Alki Beach, but what part of it. That, and the names of these sawyers in furs are the still confidential parts of this Seattle Confidential No. 3. Now it is time, it seems, to call upon and hope that among its hordes of sensitive readers some or one will know where on the beach this was recorded . . . and then perhaps also go and repeat it like science but with no need to saw. There is a glimpse of horizon, upper-right, to help in the hunt.

8 thoughts on “SEATTLE CONFIDENTIAL No.3”

  1. My husband thinks this is near the Rose Lodge site which is actually on Beach Drive. Mostly because of the way the beach curves to the north at this spot. I’d suspect that the photo was a posed one with the two young lady’s….but we’re curious about the small shed like structures up on the hill…maybe small summer cabins?

  2. Carol
    I wondered. If you have a digital camera and go that way perhaps you could snap your best estimate and contribute it to the hunt. Thanks Carol. Hello to hubbie.

  3. Looks like the South Alki Beach area where Rose Lodge is to the left out of the picture. You can see the small cabin homes above the center of the picture that are on 59th and 60th avenues Southwest and are still there today on the hillside. To the right of the lady’s head on the right is where today the Harbor View condos stick out over the water on Beach Drive near the foot of Charlestown St. SW.

  4. Paul, I’m thinking this looks more like Lincoln Park or Beach Drive. There were cabins near the water in Lincoln Park. Your trusty photographer should hop in a boat and cruise around to find the exact location. A fun time on a hot Seattle summer day.

  5. Don, alas, my “trusty photographer” is away in London and has no boat to cruise either on Puget Sound or the Thames River. Don what do you think of David Lunde’s description, directly above your’s. David do you mean by “the small cabin homes above the center of the picture” a generic type for which there are some examples still in the neighborhood, or do you mean THOSE very ones? I like your exactitude with the Harbor View Condo’s (that block many views of the harbor) position. Bryan’s is a brave attempt of moving this scene north to Magnolia. I have seen greater moves succeed. Keep the faith – for the moment.

  6. Paul – Those very homes in the picture still exist above where the Harbor View Condos are today. Take a look at one of the old cabins
    shown in the picture on It is for sale today and the address is 3709 59th Avenue SW. Look at picture #18 and you’ll see the direction from which the old picture was taken. Also take a look at page 281 in the history of West Seattle (West Side Story) and you’ll see a 1921 picture up closer of the same hillside cabins. Also in the book “Fauntleroy Story” you will see that Fauntleroy Cove (Lincoln Park area) looks nothing like the elements in the picture in question. I’ve looked at many old Alki Beach scenes and the long skirts and clothes were the normal attire the women wore at the beach in those days.

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