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November 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Nov. 13, a historic day for Seattle

It is worth knowing when our beautiful city got its start as well as its correct location.

Many believe that it took place on or near Coleman Dock which is now the Bremerton/Bainbridge Ferry Terminal in downtown Seattle. This of course is not accurate. The actual location of our city’s beginning is near Alki Point, not very far from the location of the present Alki Lighthouse. There is a marker with an inscription to identify it.

Of particular importance were the 24 who came ashore from the Schooner on Nov. 13, 1851 to join those already here busily engaged in constructing log structures for dwelling. The permanent log structures are adequate evidence that Seattle got its start at this location.

Those who helped take this magnificent historic step were young, some only six weeks old. Imagine being a genuine hero at that age.

It seems only right that we at last officially recognize those and this truly eventful date as Seattle Day. Let’s hear it loud and clear for Nov. 13 as Seattle day!

E.V. Wahlman, Seattle

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