• Created Date
  • 1930's
  • Description
  • In October 1931, an unemployed lumberjack by the name of Jesse Jackson and twenty others started building shacks on vacant land owned by the Port of Seattle located a few blocks south of Pioneer Square and named the shantytown Hooverville in sarcastic honor of President Herbert Hoover on whose was in office when the Great Depression began. A census taken in 1934 counted 632 men and 7 women living in 479 shanties, with ages ranging from 15 to 7... more
    In October 1931, an unemployed lumberjack by the name of Jesse Jackson and twenty others started building shacks on vacant land owned by the Port of Seattle located a few blocks south of Pioneer Square and named the shantytown Hooverville in sarcastic honor of President Herbert Hoover on whose was in office when the Great Depression began. A census taken in 1934 counted 632 men and 7 women living in 479 shanties, with ages ranging from 15 to 73. Hooverville remained in existence until 1941 when a shack elimination program began and the shack towns were eliminated. less
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    Scanned from slide as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 16-bit color, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using CONTENTdm's image import
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