Native American Encampment on Waterfront, Seattle, ca. 1895
In the late 19th century, most local Native Americans had been moved to reservations and were not allowed to live in Seattle.  Sometime before 1895, visiting Indian people started camping at Ballast Island, a pile of rocks dumped by ships at the foot of Washington Street.  Some sold seafood and souvenirs or looked for odd jobs in the city. Each fall, many camped there on their way to and from harvesting hops.
This photo, probably taken in the 1890s, shows a Native American encampment at Ballast Island on the Seattle waterfront. Some of the people are camping on their canoes. Others have dug a shelter in the nearby rubble.
Photographer: Unknown
Image Date: ca. 1895
Image Number: 2002.3.466
 

To order a reproduction or to inquire about permissions contact photos@seattlehistory.org or phone us at 206-324-1126. Please refer to the Image Number and provide a brief description of the photograph.
  1. Native American Encampment on Waterfront, Seattle, ca. 1895

    In the late 19th century, most local Native Americans had been moved to reservations and were not allowed to live in Seattle.  Sometime before 1895, visiting Indian people started camping at Ballast Island, a pile of rocks dumped by ships at the foot of Washington Street.  Some sold seafood and souvenirs or looked for odd jobs in the city. Each fall, many camped there on their way to and from harvesting hops.

    This photo, probably taken in the 1890s, shows a Native American encampment at Ballast Island on the Seattle waterfront. Some of the people are camping on their canoes. Others have dug a shelter in the nearby rubble.

    Photographer: Unknown

    Image Date: ca. 1895

    Image Number: 2002.3.466

    To order a reproduction or to inquire about permissions contact photos@seattlehistory.org or phone us at 206-324-1126. Please refer to the Image Number and provide a brief description of the photograph.

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