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Kings St. Coal Wharf - Skinner & Eddy Shipyards - Site of Hooverville

 
 
Kings St. Coal Wharf - Skinner & Eddy Shipyards - Site of Hooverville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2011
1. Kings St. Coal Wharf - Skinner & Eddy Shipyards - Site of Hooverville Marker
Inscription. A coal wharf was located at the waterfront during the late 19th century. Coal was transported here by railroad from Newcastle and Renton. Abandoned in the early 1900ís, the wharf soon became the Skinner & Eddy Shipyard.

During World War I, the shipyard set records in ship construction, building 75 vessels – one-tenth of the nationís total wartime shipping tonnage. Following the war, an attempt to reduce wages at the shipyard resulted in the first city-wide strike in the country, which immobilized Seattle for five days.

During the depression of the 1930ís, the abandoned shipyard became a part of Hooverville, the well-known Seattle shantytown which housed displaced citizens until World War II.
 
Erected 1989 by Historic Seattle Museum of History and Industry, Pioneer Square Businesses, and King County.
 
Location. 47° 35.908′ N, 122° 20.175′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of Alaskan Way South and South King Street, on the right when traveling south on Alaskan Way South. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Alaskan Way South, Seattle WA 98104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Kings St. Coal Wharf - Skinner & Eddy Shipyards - Site of Hooverville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2011
2. Kings St. Coal Wharf - Skinner & Eddy Shipyards - Site of Hooverville Marker
The marker is mounted on the this building between the two doors.
. Smith and Squire Buildings (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ballast Island (about 800 feet away); Grand Central Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Square Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Information Booth (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Smaller Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indians Attack Seattle! Jan. 26, 1856 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seattleís First Pier (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seattle.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 532 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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