Riverside and West Seattle Bridges

Follow my meandering around the old community of Riverside next to the West Seattle Bridge. Let us start with some of the buildings that have survived.  Several of them are now abandoned or being worked on while others are freshly painted and loved.

This building faced onto West Marginal Way SW and must have been a business from how the front facade is shaped.  The back was built to accommodate the proprietor of either a store or saloon.  I found it was built in 1914 but now has a rollup garage door in the front and tattered curtains in the windows out back.

Front of old 1914 store or saloon.
Front of old 1914 store or saloon.
1914 store or saloon with house on back
1914 store or saloon with house on back
this was someones home and business over 100 yrs ago
this was someones home and business over 100 yrs ago

The other building that really stood out to me was this office for Global Diving. It dates back to the 1920s and must have been something special. They have treated her well and she is clean, repaired and showing her stuff.

Lovely building built in the 1920s on West Marginal Way SW
Lovely building built in the 1920s on West Marginal Way SW
1920's Building embellishment
1920’s Building embellishment

Here is a street view of Riverside so you can see how close the Duwamish with the railroad bridge as a landmark.

BNSF train bridge from Riverside
BNSF train bridge from Riverside
Streets of Riverside
Streets of Riverside

This community has seen many West Seattle Bridges come and go.  Currently there are a pair of them.  One is a highrise that never has to close for boat traffic which was the demise of the prior bridge.  The lower one is a swivel bridge that opens for taller marine traffic.  Here are a few photos of the two.

If you have been following my Duwamish Adventure, you will know that under bridges are those less fortunate.  The West Seattle Bridge has a combination of old RVs, a Seafarers center and some restoration of the marsh under her.

I found a few odd little things too.

Lock randomly latched to fence in T-105
Lock randomly latched to fence in T-105

 

Fairy wings caught in tree
Fairy wings caught in tree

To my surprise under the bridges I found that the Duwamish Trail ends there and two new trails begin.

Deadend under West Seattle Bridge
Deadend under West Seattle Bridge
Underskirt of upper West Seattle Bridge at Riverside
Underskirt of upper West Seattle Bridge at Riverside
Duwamish Trail ends here under W Sea Bridge
Duwamish Trail ends here under W Sea Bridge

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

2 thoughts on “Riverside and West Seattle Bridges

    1. So glad you like the post. This Duwamish journey I started has been a real adventure for me. When you walk places you see things revealed that a car ride can’t. r

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