AKA: Yesler's Wharf, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified], demolished 1889

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Yesler Way
Waterfront, Seattle, WA

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Building History

Henry L. Yesler (1810-1892) migrated to Seattle, WA, in 1852, an early white settler, who started a lumber mill critical to the young city's prosperity and growth. In order to load and unload logs and lumber from ships, he was the first on Seattle's Elliott Bay waterfront to build a wharf. Historian Clarence Bagley stated of the wharf in 1928: "Yesler built the first wharf and to prevent its downfall by the borings of the teredo [small mollusks that bore holes in wood], he ran his heavy slabs out on a small band railway and had them stacked up between the piles." (See Clarence Bagley, "Pioneer Describes Life in City's Early Days," Seattle Daily Times, 01/01/1928, p. 23.)

Building Notes

In 1895, the Star Steamship Line, owned by the Pacific Navigation Company, moored at the Yesler Wharf. (See Polk's Seattle Directory Company's Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1895, p. 713.)

In 1900, Chlopeck Brothers' Fish Dealers rented space in Yesler's Wharf. A classified advertisement for this fishmonger ran in The Seattle Daily Times on 01/29/1900, page 9.

Demolished; Yesler's Wharf burned in the Great Seattle Fire of 06/06/1889.

PCAD id: 16128