Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1889-1890, demolished 1903

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King Street and Alaskan Way
Waterfront, Seattle, WA 98104

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James Colman, the lumberman and transportation executive, completed a previous wharf at King Street in 1876-1877. Colman built a railroad to connect the coal mines at Newcastle, WA, near Renton, to port facilities at Elliott Bay in Seattle. Ships bound primarily for the West Coast's primary metropolis, San Francisco, took Newcastle's coal to market. This wharf functioned from 1877 until the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. In the wake of that catastrophe, the King Street Wharf and Coal Bunker was rebuilt, this time on a much taller scale to serve larger incoming steam and clipper ships.


The King Street Wharf and Coal Bunker was demolished in 1903.

PCAD id: 21981