Event Date: January 01, 2011
It was a courageous band of populists in the early 1900s who realized that Seattle’s natural deep-water port was an asset and resource that should belong to the people. As the first autonomous municipal corporation in the country that specialized in harbor and port terminals and the development of commerce, all eyes were on Seattle. This community built the Port into a major trade and transportation gateway that has taken its place as one of the great ports in the world.
Today, its scope is unique, from its vital cargo and passenger seaport and airport, to the home for the North Pacific fishing fleet, to first-class public marinas and conference facilities, to a necklace of gem-like parks around Elliot Bay.
To commemorate a century of growth and contribution to the lives of countless families and businesses in our region, the Port plans to produce a book, an interactive timeline, and a documentary of our history, and engage the community in a number of events and tours.
In March, 1911, the Washington State Legislature enacted laws allowing establishment of port districts, and by September, King County voters approved creation of the Port of Seattle, the state’s first public port. Throughout 2011 we’ll celebrate 100 years of service in many ways. We hope you’ll join us for a tour, watch our documentary, participate in community activities, or just visit any of our facilities.