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Photographer: Marsha A. Matson
Taken: July 27, 2015
Caption: Bell Street Bridge Marker II
Additional Description: Where does the new Bell Street Bridge go?
If you cross this bridge, you'll find yourself on the rooftop plaza of the Bell Street Pier. Open during daylight hours, the plaza offers spectacular and unique views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, West Seattle, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains - and the maritime activities on the pier below. Telescopes and benches are provided, along with interpretive displays related to the distant views and the activities on the pier apron.
The original Pier 66 building also had a rooftop that was open to the public. Working with the Seattle Park Commission, the Port Commission provided a solarium, a small pool, and an area for children to play while their mothers crossed the bridge to shop in the Pike Place Market. According to various sources,the rooftop park was closed in the 1920s because it was being used more by sailors and their dates than by mothers and their children.
The current bridge provides access to all the facilities on Bell Street Pier. The stairway and elevator will take you to ground level and Alaskan Way, which leads to other attractions on the central waterfront.
Submitted: July 29, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.
Database Locator Identification Number: p318881
File Size: 1.711 Megabytes
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