My Pacific Northwest

King County voters create Port of Seattle on September 5, 1911

Via: HistoryLink.org

On September 5, 1911, a long struggle for control of Seattle’s central waterfront climaxes when King County voters approve the Port of Seattle district and elect the first three Port Commissioners, Gen. Hiram Chittenden (1858-1917), Robert Bridges, and Charles Remsberg.

The election is a high water mark for the local Progressive Movement, which advocates public control of essential facilities and utilities, and a pivotal defeat for the railroads that had dominated Seattle’s harbor since 1874 thanks to imprudent municipal concessions.

The Port of Seattle is today (1999) managed by an elected five-member Commission and remains the central engine of the King County economy through its control of the Seattle harbor, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and other key assets.

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=1002

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personal thought:

I know the ‘tunnel project’, has both pluses and minuses.

However, I believe opening up the waterfront to downtown, might be the best thing to happen to the city for a long time.

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