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Seattle, 1851
When the Denny Party arrived here in 1851, about 500 Duwamish Indians lived around Elliott Bay, and hundreds more in villages from Shilshole Bay to present-day Renton. Elliott Bay appears here as drawn by a U.S. Navy coastal survey in 1854. At that time, these shores were blanketed with a coastal forest of Douglas firs, cedars and hemlock, interspersed with open spaces maintained by the natives. (58K)

Seattle Overview
A larger view of Seattle showing native landmarks and modern points of reference. (60K)

Where the Denny Party is Buried
While many members of the pioneering Denny Party are buried in Lake View Cemetery, other gravesites are scattered throughout the area.

Mapping A City's History
Since 1792, people have been mapping Seattle, and the images they've made offer unique perspectives on a city about to celebrate its 150th birthday.

Seattle Maps
1891 City's annual report
1856 Pioneer Square
1856 Battle of Seattle
1884 Seattle, drawn from the west
1911 Bogue's municipal map
1928 Sea Gull's View of Seattle
1874 Realtor's map of Seattle
1936 Shriner's Tourist Map
1891 Early plat maps: Rainier Beach area
1908 Early plat maps: Interlaken area
2001 Digital image of Seattle

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