Alki Blues in Seattle

Although Seattle’s nickname is the Emerald City it could just as easily be called the Blue City.   Surrounded by water, Seattle lies on a strip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

The first white settlers to the area – the Denny Party – arrived in Puget Sound by schooner at Alki Point on November 13, 1851.  They named it New York,  later adding the Chinook word, ‘Alki’ meaning ‘by and by.’  New York-Alki.

We visited Alki Beach recently on a cool fall day when the water was choppy and intensely blue.

We found a replica of Lady Liberty standing tall –

and the Space Needle doing the same in the distance.

We walked a bit then had lunch at Spud’s Fish and Chips – the best in town since 1935.

Inside the restaurant pictures of Luna Park covered the wall.  Known as the Coney Island of the West, Luna Park operated at Alki Beach from 1907 to 1913.  The pictures were taken by an early Seattle photographer, my great grandfather, O.T. Frasch, just so you know.

His work was prolific during the early 20th century, documenting much of Seattle’s early downtown and events including its first world’s fair, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held at the current site of the University of Washington campus.  (Sounds interesting, huh? I may have to pursue that in a later post.)

Before heading home we stopped by for more views of the Seattle skyline.

Which looks even better at sunset.  I happen to know this from dining at Salty’s last month where we celebrated our anniversary.

I love Seattle.

~ Susanne

22 Comments on “Alki Blues in Seattle

  1. How cool to have such an interesting grandfather- and that his work is still on display!

  2. Oh wow I love old photographs! And how fun to know your great grandfather took them! Also Spud’s Fish and Chips sounds scrumptious!

  3. Great set of photos. I love the historical ones by your grandfather. It would be interesting to hear a bit more about him and his work. Seattle has such a cool and varied history and the early photographers captured quite a bit of it.

  4. Nice that you are continuing the family tradition of documenting Seattle. I bet your great-grandfather would be so proud.
    Your husband looks cold though! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks so much Pete! I doubt my photos will ever be in the same category as his but we do what we can! 🙂 And yes, my husband was cold that day so we limited our walk on the beach. I wasn’t as I had on a down jacket! 🙂

  5. Sounds like your grandfather was a really interesting man – I love the historical photos, it’s amazing to see how a place used to look like before. I think Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s location is perfect too – you’ve got Mount Rainier on one and Olympic National Park on the other side. There’s Vancouver just a short ride away and beautiful Columbia River gorge is not too far. Thanks for sharing

    • Thanks so much! I agree with you that Seattle is surrounded by incredible natural beauty making it one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Of course I may be biased! 😉

  6. What a joy to have the connection to another photographer. Who knows? Maybe you can leave a similar record of present day Seattle.

  7. Oops…I meant Spuds for the photos but Saltys for the food….so cool at this work is up on the wall!

  8. “Seattle is surrounded by three bodies of water – two on the earth and one in the air !”

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