Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill

The key to Beacon Hill is its seclusion from the surrounding areas. This was a problem at first; no one was willing to move to the hill that was just slightly too far away. Eventually the hill was re-graded, making the area more accessible. When a trolley line was finally put in, many immigrants flocked to the neighborhood to farm and sell their produce to others.

In 1909, a jail was built and inmates could “work off” part of their sentence by helping to clear the land for Jefferson park. And when the US Army warplanes came to Seattle in 1918, they had no airport at which to land, so they used this very park as their runway. This prompted the city to build Boeing field at the base of Beacon Hill.

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