Green Lake Clean-up and Redesign Photographs, Between 1936 and 1937  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Green Lake Clean-up and Redesign Photographs
Dates
Between 1936 and 1937 (inclusive)
Quantity
7 photographs (1 folder)
Collection Number
PH1471
Summary
Photographs of a WPA project to clean up Green Lake between 1936 and 1937
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on Libraries' Digital Collections Website. Permission of Visual Materials curator required to view original. Contact Special Collection for more information.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In the winter of 1936 a major WPA-funded clean-up of Seattle's Green Lake was undertaken. For decades, the lake had been subject to algae bloom and outbreaks of green scum and foul odor, causing "swimmer's itch" for many unfortunate swimmers. The massive project included dredging the lake, building an island (originally named Swan Island, now commonly called Duck Island) as a wildlife sanctuary, and building a water-aerating fountain in the middle of the lake (which was never built). In May of 1936, work on the project was halted, for a few months, due to an explosion on the dredge in May of 1936. Work on the project was stopped in September of 1937, with only one-quarter of completed, due to cost overruns and mismanagement. This project was partially successful in building a wildlife sanctuary(Swan Island), it also allowed the construction of a wading pool at the lake's north end. Finally, the project diverted spring water flowing off Phinney Ridge at the lake's southwest back into the lake, which helped to purify the water.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of a WPA project to clean-up and redesign Seattle's Green Lake between 1936 and 1937

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

Status of creator's copyrights is unknown; restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Users are responsible for researching copyright status before use.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Before dredging projectReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1-2 Between 1936 and 1937

Work during the projectReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 3 Between 1936 and 1937
1 4 Between 1936 and 1937
1 5 Between 1936 and 1937
1 6 Between 1936 and 1937
1 7 Between 1936 and 1937

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Dredging--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Works Progress Administration (Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Green Lake (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs