Saturday 22nd Apr 2017
2 – 5pm
Put on by Seattle Obscura Society, Red Propeller
Wander through decades of turbulent history on this walking tour of Seattle’s Fort Lawton, which for over 100 years served as a United States military post and gateway to the Pacific. Although it started out as a small outpost, by the 1940s Fort Lawton had become the second largest port of embarkation of soldiers and materials to the Pacific Theater of World War II. This Seattle Obscura Society tour will explore much of the multifaceted history of the Fort, from its early beginnings in 1900 to its eventual demise in 2011.
The tour will begin at the historic Fort Lawton cemetery and make its way to the Fort Lawton historic district. Along the way, you will learn about the Fort’s pre- and post-World War II history, including the creation of Discovery Park and reclamation of land by the United Indian People’s Council. Once inside the historic district, you will walk around the former parade grounds and discuss the historic significance of many of the remaining historical structures, including the gymnasium, bus stop, and chapel.
The tour will end at Fort Lawton’s historic officer’s row, as you are given a rare opportunity to step inside one of the few remaining officer homes now in private hands. In partnership with Red Propeller, adventurers will be able to sip cocktails, as you learn about the history and architecture of the historic home and gaze over the parade grounds towards Puget Sound.
See the website for tour details.