Sand Point Naval Air Station photograph collection, between 1928 and 1942  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Sand Point Naval Air Station photograph collection
between 1928 and 1942 (inclusive)
20 photographic prints (3 folders) ; 8" x 10"
Collection Number
Construction of aviation field and buildings, in addition to military planes and personnel
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The ground breaking ceremony for the Sand Point Naval Air Station took place in June of 1920, but it wasn't until the late 1920s and early 1930s that the Naval Air Station became anything even resembling a working base. Although planes did fly to and from the Naval Air Station, it was somewhat less than a fully functional airport. There was only one 500 foot turf landing strip, the naval commander worked out of a farm house and cadets were billeted in the chicken house.

In October 1926, the Carkeek family sold the original Carkeek Park (later a second park was named Carkeek Park) to King County, which in turn deeded the entire peninsula to the U.S. Navy for developing a Naval Air Station (approximately 411 acres). After that, construction sped up on the Naval Air Station. The Navy trucked in loads of fill and used the Works Project Administration (WPA) to fill in Mud Lake, the nearby marsh and Pontiac Bay. This newly flattened land was then turned into buildings, hangars and landing strips.

Sand Point Naval Air Station reached its peak population during World War II with over 7,000 military and civilian personnel. During this time, numerous new buildings and landing strips were built and the Naval Air Station expanded to its peak of 537.5 Magnusongiven to Seattle for use as a park. On May 29, 1979 it was renamed the Warren G. Magnuson Park.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs showing the development of the Naval Air Station at Sand Point in King County (which later became part of Seattle) during the late 1920s through the late 1930s. Several photographs have captions indicating that the construction was part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View the collection in digital format

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Aviation field, 1928Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1 March 1928
1 2 March 1928

Land grading and building constructionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
2 3 November 8, 1929
2 4 January 16, 1930
2 5 March 15, 1938
2 6 September 10, 1938
2 7
 Grading landing field looking north showing excavation in Area 23
"W.P.A. Project 709-2-16-- PWA. Subhead 36"
February 28, 1939
2 8
 Grading landing field looking west showing excavation in Area 17
"W.P.A. Project 709-2-16 --PWA. Subhead 36"
February 28, 1939
2 9 February 28, 1939
2 10 February 28, 1939
2 11 February 28, 1939
2 12 February 28, 1939
2 13 1939?
2 14 1939?
2 15 1939?
2 16 between 1939 and 1942?

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
3 17 June 1939
3 18
 Operation of ply landing gear ramps
U.S. Navy (photographer)
May 25, 1951
3 19 between 1939 and 1945?
3 20 between 1941 and 1945?

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Corporate Names :
  • Naval Station Puget Sound (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints