PikePier-Ruins-c1881-WEB

Here’s the ruins of what was once the largest structure in Seattle: the Pike Street coal wharf and bunkers. It was photographed from the King Street Coal Wharf that replaced it in 1878. This is but a detail of a pan of the city. (This also appears in our Waterfront History Part 5, with a more detail description and in context too of more waterfront history.) Note the south summit of Denny Hill on the right, and Queen Anne Hill on the left. In between them is the north summit of Denny Hill, and running between the two “humps” of Denny Hill is Virginia Street. The original for this is at the University of Washington’s Special Collections.

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