Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Steamer Idaho Wreckage
Historical Point of Interest
Erected National Maritime Day 1960
Erected 1960 by Yukon Club & Propeller Club - Port of Seattle.
Location. 47° 36.055′ N, 122° 20.177′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is on Alaskan Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ballast Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Indians Attack Seattle! Jan. 26, 1856 (within shouting distance of this marker); Seattle’s First Pier (within shouting distance of this marker); Maynard Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schwabacher’s Store (about 500 feet away); Grand Central Hotel (about 600 feet away); Mutual Life Building (about 600 feet away); Earl Layman Street Clock (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
More about this marker. This historical
Regarding Steamer Idaho Wreckage. A blog site (link below) provides additional history: The Idaho was probably one of the last ships to be buried beneath Seattle’s waterfront. The irony of this sidewheeler’s last days was sensational enough to be popularly told and retold. As a 1903 article in the weekly Commonwealth put it, the Idaho’s career was “a happy instance of compensation” in which an “opium-smuggling ship became an ark of refuge for opium victims.” ... Built to work on the Columbia River out of The Dalles, the Idaho was soon successfully taken over that river’s treacherous cascades and then, in 1882, was sent on to Puget Sound. Here its shadier labors included smuggling illegal aliens and opium. But in 1899 the ship was redeemed by a Spanish Jesuit turned surgeon ... Dr. Alexander de Soto bought the steamer with money made from practicing surgery on the well-to-do and converted it into a hospital for the down-and-out. With the ship set above high tide on pilings at the foot of Jackson Street, De Soto
Also see . . . Pauldorpat.com. Blog site highlighting the history of the steamer Idaho (Submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.