Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Construction photograph collection, January 7, 1914 - August 17, 1916  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Construction photograph collection
January 7, 1914 - August 17, 1916 (bulk)
13 photographic prints ; 8 x 10 in.
Collection Number
Photographs of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks construction from January 7, 1914 to their opening in August, 1916
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 required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are part of Seattle's Lake Washington ship canal . Named after U.S. Army Major Hiram Martin Chittenden, the Seattle District Engineer for the Corps of Engineers from April, 1906 to September, 1908. They are known locally as the Ballard Locks. The complex actually consists of two locks, a small (30 x 150 ft, 8.5 x 45.7 meters) and a large (80 x 825, 24.4 x 251.5 meters). The complex also includes a spillway with six gates to assist in water-level control. A fish ladder is integrated into the locks for migration of fish. The locks are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The locks were formally opened on July 4, 1917, although the first ship to pass through was on August 3, 1916.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of construction of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and boats at narrows of Salmon Bay.

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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

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Corporate Names :
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)