Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Offbeat Seattle Attraction: Alki Point

FACT: Seattle has one of the best skylines in the world.

The new Great Wheel, the waterfront, the mountains, the Docks, and (of course) the Space Needle make it impossible to confuse with any other city in the world. While Kerry Park on Queen Anne is a popular viewpoint for good reason,

Alki in West Seattle provides some of my favorite views. The drive over the bridge, the beach atmosphere, and the view...this is Seattle at its finest.

 NW beach


The Denny Party landed at Alki Point November 13, 1851, and platted a settlement of six blocks of eight lots. Choosing the spot for it's beauty and absence of native Americans, it turns out there is a reason natives hadn't settles here. It was windy. Like blow-your-house-down windy. Eventually, they had to move inland  to the east shore of Elliott Bay, now known as Pioneer Square. Those are our people.

The point was also once the site of Luna Park, an amusement park. It was designed by famed carousel carver Charles I.D. Looff, who carved and installed Coney Island’s very first carousel. Located near the Duwamish Head on the northern tip of Alki, it was built on pilings with an expansive boardwalk and was called the Greatest Amusement Park on the West Coast.

Seattle annexed West Seattle in 1907, two days after Luna Park opened. (The same year it also  annexed Ballard, Southeast Seattle, South Park, Ravenna and Columbia City.) With this massive expansion, there was little time or money Luna Park and, sadly, the park closed in 1913.

Kerry Park

Address: 211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119
Telephone: (206) 684-4075

Alki Point 

Location: Westernmost point in the West Seattle


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