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Thursday, May 13, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
Walkabout: Terminal 107 / Kellogg Island Trail
By Cathy McDonald
Length: Quarter-mile path connects to paved pedestrian/bike trail.
Level of difficulty: Flat-to-gentle dirt/gravel and paved trails.
Setting: The shoreline of the once-mighty Duwamish River has an intricate history that belies its industrial trappings. Until the river was dredged, diked, straightened and channeled by 1917 to become the Duwamish Waterway, it was a powerful meandering river with extensive tidal flats and wildlife. Ancestors of the Duwamish Tribe had inhabited the site for at least 1,400 years when pioneer John Pike officially bought the land from the U.S. government in 1860. European immigrants later settled in the area, where fishing boats were crafted at local shipyards for men of Scandinavian, Greek, Croatian and Italian descent. The sculpture of a North Pacific halibut schooner is a 5/8-scale model of those built here during the early part of the 20th century.
Highlights: Now owned by the Port of Seattle, the site was being cleared of buildings to construct a marine terminal when archaeological discoveries in 1977 halted further development. Interpretive signs at the park tell the history of the various peoples who lived at this site. Efforts are under way to restore salmon habitat and clean up the pollution that has impacted this heavily industrialized waterway. Benches offer places to sit and observe the Duwamish; birds such as ospreys, kingfishers, eagles and Caspian terns hunt for fish just offshore.
Facilities: Water and picnic tables.
Restrictions: Pets on leash; scoop up after pets.
Directions: From southbound Interstate 5, take Exit 163A over the West Seattle Bridge. (Northbound, take Exit 163). Take the Delridge Way Southwest/Southwest Spokane Street exit, then bear sharply right onto the Southwest Spokane Street ramp. Turn right on Chelan Avenue Southwest, which becomes West Marginal Way Southwest. In about a mile, turn left into parking lot at Southwest Edmunds Street, at blue sign marked "Duwamish Public Access."
For more information: See www.portseattle.org/community/resources/publicaccess.shtml or call 206-684-7311 to learn where to obtain a free booklet on the cultural history of West Seattle.
Cathy McDonald is coauthor with Stephen Whitney of "Nature Walks In and Around Seattle," with photographs by James Hendrickson (The Mountaineers, second edition, 1997).
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