State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990 - Ar-07809001-Ph001225
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Shows the homeless shantytown called Hooverville in Seattle, Washington, located on Port of Seattle tidal flats, 1935. Includes the Smith Tower and downtown Seattle in the distance.
Hooverville was one of the homeless shantytowns that existed during the Hoover years of the Great Depression. It started with Jesse Jackson (an unemployed lumberjack) and 20 others, who built shacks on vacant land owned by the Port of Seattle, a few blocks south of Pioneer Square, in October of 1931. Hooverville remained in existence until 1941, when the Seattle Health Department established a Shack Elimination Committee.
"One of a series of shots from the same viewpoint on different dates" -- on verso.
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South of downtown Seattle, in the area just south of Seahawks and Mariners stadiums.
This collection consists of 5,274 images of various subjects related to Washington's history, people, geography, and economic development, from 1851-1990. Subjects include agriculture, Boeing, bridges, canals, Capitol Campus buildings, cities, civilian conservation corps, counties, dams, expositions, fairs, ferries, fishing, forts, ghost towns, historic buildings and houses, historical markers, Indians, lakes, libraries, lighthouses, logging, mountains, parks, portraits, railroads, rivers, schools, Statehood, steamboats, totem poles, trees, universities and colleges, waterfalls, and other subjects.
All notations are in English.
These images are open for research.
Digitization by Jamey Braden and Tynisia Hanson; cataloging by Kathleen Waugh, Benjamin Helle, and Mary Hammer.
Preferred Citation: [Title of image], [date], [photographer if known], State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: State Library Photograph Collection, 1851-1990, Washington State Archives. Original images held at the Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA.
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