From canoes to the mosquito fleet to the modern day ferry system, boats have long been a principal means of travel around Puget Sound. In a landscape dominated by forest and sea, water was often the best way to get from point A to point B. In this talk hosted by the University of Washington Libraries and UW Press as part of Dawg Days in the Desert, Williams will highlight how people have spent the last 13,000 years boating this extraordinary waterway. David B. Williams is a naturalist, author, and educator whose award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography explores the unprecedented engineering projects that shaped Seattle during the early part of the twentieth century. He is also the author of Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, The Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City, and co-author of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum and maintains the website GeologyWriter.com. At present he is at work on a book about the human and natural history of Puget Sound.
Event Type(s): Lectures & Discussions