Just a short drive or water taxi from downtown, West Seattle is home to off-beat shops, natural beauty and plenty of character. Home to the Junction, it’s Seattle’s largest neighborhood, whether visiting Alki Beach or Lincoln Park there’s always something to be involved in.
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The History of West Seattle
West Seattle- the oldest and the biggest of Seattle’s neighborhoods- is both a peninsula and a state of mind. The first Euro-American settlers arrived here (on Alki Point) in 1851, but left within a few months, moving to a more agreeable location on the other side of Elliott Bay (the site of present-day downtown Seattle). Orphaned at an early age, isolated by water on three sides, West Seattle has clung to its cultural independence, remaining determinedly aloof even while fighting tenaciously for the bridges, highways, and ferries that have brought it closer to its sprawling neighbor to the east.
The West Seattle peninsula juts into Puget Sound at Alki Point, which the Duwamish Indians called sbaqwabqs (“prairie point”) in their Southern Lushootseed language. (“Me-Kwa-Mooks,” an “Anglicized spelling of [the] Lushootseed word,” later became the name of a city park located about a mile south of Alki Point [“Me-Kwa-Mooks on Prairie Point”].)
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