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The Protean Coast: Exploring Seattle’s Historical Shoreline

Add to Calendar Victor Steinbrueck Park
Sat., Oct. 5, 2013 | 1 – 3 pm
$20 for Burke Members, $25 for general public (class size limited to 15)

More so than most cities, Seattle has shaped itself to suit its needs. Seattle has removed hills, filled tide flats, and created a completely new downtown shoreline. On this 1.5-mile-long walk we'll explore the last vestiges of the former downtown bluffs, trace the island where Seattle was founded, and examine how the subterranean fill still affects the modern landscape.

Meeting place: Victor Steinbrueck Park (north end of Pike Place Market).  Note: this tour will end at Occidental Park, S. Main Street & Occidental Avenue S.  Please bring bus fare or be prepared to walk back to Victor Steinbrueck Park.

David B. Williams is a naturalist, writer, and Seattle native who wields a degree in geology to explore the natural world in an urban setting. His newest book is Cairns: Messengers in Stone, which explores these amazing piles of stone from the world. Prior to that he wrote Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, an exploration of the cultural and natural history of building stone, and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City. To learn more about David, visit http://geologywriter.com/.

Preregistration is required.  Tour size is limited to 15 participants.  For further information and to register please contact David Giblin at dgiblin@uw.edu or call 206-543-1682.

US Coast and Geodetic T-Sheet from 1899 showing downtown Seattle and shoreline location.