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Houseboat, Seattle, 1905
Houseboats have been popular in various parts of Seattle for many years. Plain and fancy summer houseboats showed up on Lake Washington soon after the opening of the Yesler cable car line in 1888. Both upper class and working class people lived in houseboats on Lake Union. There were speakeasy houseboats during Prohibition and working class houseboat dwellings on the Duwamish during the Depression.
Photographer: Webster & Stevens
Image Date: 1905
Image Number: 1983.10.7356.3
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Ship Leaving for Alaska Gold Rush, Seattle, ca. 1905
After gold was discovered in the Klondike and in Nome in the 1890s, people flocked to Seattle to load up on supplies and catch ships to Alaska.  The stampede to the gold fields continued for more than a decade.  This photo, taken from a Seattle pier in the summer of 1905 or 1906, shows a crowd on a ship headed to Alaska. Given the date of the photo, the men are probably traveling to Alaskan gold fields rather than the Klondike.
Handwritten on verso: Headed North to Klondike (note the Derby Hats)
Photographer: Webster & Stevens
Date: ca. 1905
Image Number: 1983.10.PA5.27

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Canoeists at Leschi Park, Seattle, ca. 1905
Photo Date: ca. 1905
Image Number: 2002.48.1156
King County Snapshot: 2963