Forgotten Duwamish Marker

In search of an old sign that talked about the archaeological sites and old Duwamish tribe villages I ran across this marker.

Up-close of marker in T-107 Park
Up-close of marker in T-107 Park

At first glance it looks like a tombstone but that would be very odd since there is no organized graveyard here. It is in a spot that is not in the structured part of T-107 Park.  Remember how after we passed the cement plant the trail turned to the river.  It went through the rabbit hole of two rail cars and followed the course of the Duwamish backwater channel.  On the other side of the trail is a container trailer repair lot.  After a bit the trail turns back to the west and the road. Right where it meets the road and the railroad tracks to the right was this marker.

If my memory is right the history informational sign was on the left.  A lot of the 1980s and early 90s signage has been defaced or just plain destroyed over the years.  Too bad because a lot of it contained valuable history of the area.

Marker commemorating renewal of T-107 Park
Marker commemorating renewal of T-107 Park

When this marker was erected in 1996 the parks to the north were still being used by industry. T-107 is owned by the Port of Seattle and was going to be a Terminal for shipping. It had an auto repair shop and an older neighborhood there pending removal.

1996 marker near reclaimed park area
1996 marker near reclaimed park area

The City of Seattle’s park Herring’s House was the site of one of the oldest sawmills on the Duwamish, Seaport Lumber.  So, I think the marker was where there was park back then however small it was.  Today, the recreational and point of interest is north of here leaving this gem of art to gather moss unnoticed.

Inscription on Marker near Duwamish & Puget Creek
Inscription on Marker near Duwamish & Puget Creek

If you live in Seattle, I challenge you to find it.

top of marker in T-107
top of marker in T-107

To see more of my Duwamish Adventure I have a directory post that links all of the pieces together.  You can find that post here – My Duwamish Adventure Directory

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