Seattle Lost History Timeline

The city of Seattle is built on Indigenous land, the traditional territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Suquamish and Duwamish Tribes. They lived in the region for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans or white settlers and developed extensive trade and social networks, along with a deep knowledge of the land and sea, and continue to live here today.

This timeline of lost and forgotten history starts at 1851 when the settlers arrived.

Fremont Solstice Parade

While the Fremont Solstice Parade is relatively well-known locally, its quirky and artistic traditions, include a naked bike ride that might surprise newcomers.


The focus often falls on tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft, it’s hard to ignore the impact that Boeing has had on Seattle, contributing to the city’s growth.

The Seattle Freeze

This refers to the impression that locals are reluctant to build new relationships. An interesting social dynamics in a city known for its friendliness.

Seattle Lost History

New York Alki
Denny Group

White settlers arrived in the Seattle area and founded a townsite they initially called New York-Alki by adding a phrase from the Chinook slang meaning “by-and-by.”…Read More

Yakima War – Battle of Seattle
Yakima War Battle of Seattle

Tensions between the native inhabitants and European settlers exploded during the Yakima War. Pioneer Square was fortified with a temporary stockade during the “Battle of Seattle”…Read More

Anti-Chinese Riots
Chinese in Seattle

Chinese people in Seattle experienced prejudice and discrimination as their population increased. Chinese residents were kicked out of the city in 1886 as a result of…Read More

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

In celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal, Seattle hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. This event showcased the city’s progress, featuring exhibits on industry, culture, and…Read More


WOMAD USA   In Redmond, Washington’s Marymoor Park, not far from Seattle, the WOMAD festival had a home for a few years.  Peter Gabriel’s appreciation of…Read More

The Hat ‘n’ Boots Premium gas station

This cowboy-themed gas station was built in 1954 as part of a never-completed “Frontier Village” shopping center conveniently located at the junction of 6800 Corson Avenue S and E Marginal Way, close to the busy Georgetown district.