We’re part of history!

First Boeing airplane! Lake Union, Seattle

I’ve been watching the lake come to life this spring – more birds, more boats, more planes.  Spring always makes me think of “beginnings,” but it got me thinking about history, too.  What’s come before.  (pretty philosophical for a Doberman, don’t you think?!)

Did you know that the Boeing Company started on Lake Union?  Did you know there have been seaplanes operating here since 1914?   The first seaplane flight from Lake Union happened in 1914, and then in 1916, Mr Bill Boeing flew his first plane, the B1, from his dock at the foot of Roanoke Street.  The Boeing company trained pilots for World War I, and then after that, developed its own airline.  Did you know that United Airlines was what the Boeing airline turned into?  I think that’s pretty cool.

Anyway, if you’re interested in the history of our home lake, here’s the Lake Union Virtual Museum (a direct link to the seaplane part of it.)  Check it out!

And come be a part of history yourself, as we continue on into the next decade of the 21st century!


Toby James

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