West Seattle

Seattle, Washington

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On this walk along the shoreline of West Seattle—around the Duwamish Head and down the beach to Alki Point—it is possible to revisit the past and get a glimpse of the Denny party’s dream. The pioneers originally named their settlement New York. More than 50 years later, after Seattle had been settled and renamed, an amusement park was built at Duwamish Head. It was given the same name as an attraction then operating at Coney Island, New York: Luna Park. By 1914, New York’s Luna Park had burned down, and its namesake in West Seattle had closed. Imaginative exhibits and viewfinders erected along this route recall images of the Denny party’s rowboat, the White City Carnival Joy Wheel at Luna Park, and a tent camp that sprouted on the beach after the Klondike gold rush. West Seattle was incorporated in 1902, when passenger ferries and an electric railroad carried visitors and commuters to and from Seattle. Only five years later, it was annexed by Seattle. Today, commuters cross the Duwamish River via soaring bridges. Even when the sun is not shining, the view is pretty impressive. Special attractions: Nautical views, beaches, several restaurants.
Walking Seattle

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Walking Seattle

by John Owen (Falcon Guides)

On this walk along the shoreline of West Seattle—around the Duwamish Head and down the beach to Alki Point—it is possible to revisit the past and get a glimpse of the Denny party’s dream. The pioneers originally named their settlement New York. More than 50 years later, after Seattle had been settled and renamed, an amusement park was built at Duwamish Head. It was given the same name as an attraction then operating at Coney Island, New York: Luna Park.

By 1914, New York’s Luna Park had burned down, and its namesake in West Seattle had closed. Imaginative exhibits and viewfinders erected along this route recall images of the Denny party’s rowboat, the White City Carnival Joy Wheel at Luna Park, and a tent camp that sprouted on the beach after the Klondike gold rush. West Seattle was incorporated in 1902, when passenger ferries and an electric railroad carried visitors and commuters to and from Seattle. Only five years later, it was annexed by Seattle. Today, commuters cross the Duwamish River via soaring bridges. Even when the sun is not shining, the view is pretty impressive. Special attractions: Nautical views, beaches, several restaurants.

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Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 5.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Seattle - King County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to West Seattle

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