Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Seattle Gas Works Park

I decided to walk the 2.5 miles from the hotel to the office on Burke-Gilman Trail along the shoreline of Lake Union with very nice views of the lake and the city. The site of the former Seattle Gas Works is now a public park.
Unfortunately, the lens on my phone was a bit foggy when I took above photo.

Gas Works Park is a somewhat strange combination of city park and post-industrial architecture.

When I plotted my route on Google Maps, I thought "that looks like an old rail line", and indeed the Burke-Gilman Trail is built on the old right of way of the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad which connected Seattle with Bothell and points east by 1886. The line was acquired by the Northern Pacific in 1901 and abandoned by Burlington Northern in 1971. Some rails are still in the pavement here and there.

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