Even though we’re in the middle of a Seattle Freeze I’ve been missing my walks so yesterday we set out for the Cedar River Trail.
We were greeted by other walkers including these ducks who were led by their fearless leader apparently looking for a handout. I would have obliged if I’d had some bread on me, but I did not. (Probably for the best as we’re advised not to feed the waterfowl.)
We walked the northern part of the trail passing the Boeing plant and these almost completed 737’s.
We also enjoyed watching planes land at the Renton Airport
and distant views of the Seattle and Bellevue skylines with Mercer Island in between.
And now for a bit of history.
It’s here that the Cedar River flows into Lake Washington, but it didn’t always. Over a hundred years ago Lake Washington emptied from its south end into the Black River. The Cedar River flowed into the Black, merged with the Green and emptied into Elliott Bay as the Duwamish River.
But In 1911 the citizens of Renton diverted the Cedar into Lake Washington to help mitigate flooding in the area.
Then in 1916 the Lake Washington Ship Canal Montlake Cut was completed which connected Lake Washington to Lake Union in the north and this lowered the level of Lake Washington by 8 feet drying up the Black River.
So the Cedar was left flowing into Lake Washington and ultimately out of the lake in the north via the new Ship Canal and Ballard Locks into Puget Sound.
A major engineering feat but not without ramifications as I learned when visiting Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry recently.
History is complicated isn’t it? That’s enough for now.