• Creator
  • Oakes Photo Co.
  • Created Date
  • ca. 1908
  • Description
  • Houseboats have been popular in various parts of Seattle for many years. Plain and fancy summer houseboats showed up on Lake Washington soon after the opening of the Yesler cable car line in 1888. Both upper class and working class people lived in houseboats on Lake Union. There were speakeasy houseboats during Prohibition and working class houseboat dwellings on the Duwamish during the Depression.This photo shows a houseboat on Lake Washingto... more
    Houseboats have been popular in various parts of Seattle for many years. Plain and fancy summer houseboats showed up on Lake Washington soon after the opening of the Yesler cable car line in 1888. Both upper class and working class people lived in houseboats on Lake Union. There were speakeasy houseboats during Prohibition and working class houseboat dwellings on the Duwamish during the Depression.This photo shows a houseboat on Lake Washington, near the University, around 1908. After the opening of the Ship Canal in 1917, the lake level dropped about nine feet. Almost all Lake Washington houseboats had disappeared by the end of World War II. less
  • Format
  • image
    photograph
    Scanned from original photograph using Epson Expression 10000XL as 4350 pixel TIFF image in 16-bit grayscale, resized to 700 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS4, JPEG quality measurement 4
  • Rights
  • Museum of History & Industry, Seattle