Anniversaries

A year of anniversaries: helped a friend’s mother celebrate her 100th and will help my sister celebrate her 75th birthday at the end of August. It has been more than 20 years since we first began exploring Mount Pleasant Cemetery, but the ensuing years have given us depth and understanding of many lives whose remains were placed in this cemetery. Some of the founders of Seattle and its neighborhoods, some of the movers and shakers from then until now, and some of the stories of disasters, tragedies and triumphs, all rest within a forty-acre location. …Continue reading “Anniversaries”

Hiram M Chittenden’s Legacy

As we swiftly approach the centennial for the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and the Lake Washington Ship Canal, I realize that the man for whom the locks are named is one of the great gifts to the Northwest. Hiram Martin Chittenden was born in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County, New York, on October 25th,1858.  He was a graduate of West Point Military Academy in 1884 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He took courses in applied engineering, and on completing his studies, was assigned to the Western United States.  The main places his work appears are in Yellowstone National Park, where the Roosevelt Arch (northern entrance to the park) and the Chittenden Memorial Bridge, which crosses the Yellowstone River.  …Continue reading “Hiram M Chittenden’s Legacy”