Milepost 31 Speaker Series: How changing transportation technologies have shaped Seattle’s waterfront

Posted on Sep 25 2015 1:37 PM
The SR 99 tunnel will pass through a landscape that has been radically transformed. Go back 160-odd years and high tide laps at the foot of the bluff below Pike Place Market and tide flats reach all the way to the base of Beacon Hill. Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Milepost 31, as historian Jennifer Ott discusses how changing transportation technologies – from canoes to container ships – have helped shape Seattle’s waterfront.
Ott is an environmental historian with a particular interest in Seattle's history of moving dirt, rerouting waterways and leveling hills. She is a staff historian for and has written for Seattle Magazine and the Oregon Historical Quarterly.
Viaduct construction
Alaskan Way Viaduct construction, circa 1952.
About our Milepost 31 speaker series

We host a monthly speaker series at Milepost 31 to give visitors more insight into our work to replace the viaduct and the history of the Pioneer Square neighborhood. The event is held in conjunction with Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk

6 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1
Milepost 31211 First Ave. S., Seattle
Admission is free

After the talk, be sure to leave enough time to explore the rest of the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. Milepost 31 is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and stays open until 8 p.m. on First Thursdays. Free parking is available for First Thursday art walk patrons in Pioneer Square. Please visit for more information about participating garages.

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