History Lessons Learned While Kayaking Elliott Bay

The SkiZer hit the water recently for a tour of Elliott Bay in Seattle.

SkiZer on the water.

If you’re a student of Seattle history, you know that Elliott Bay is the reason for Seattle’s being. At the time of Seattle’s founding, many other locations — Olympia, Port Townsend, Steilacoom, to name a few — had a head start. But Seattle eventually won out because of the vision of settler Doc Maynard, who pushed to locate the city in what he knew was a better place for commerce.

Today’s ever-changing Seattle skyline is proof that Doc had it right.

Doc used to paddle a canoe around these waters. From a kayak today, it’s an amazing sight.

A waterside view of “Echo” at Olympic Sculpture Park.
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Center and the Space Needle from Elliott Bay.
The ever-changing Seattle skyline. Doc Maynard’s vision in 1851 led to this.