Seattle’s Story Told in Flannel, Ferries and Flood Lines

A new book presents Seattle’s history through engaging infographics

By Gwendolyn Elliott


October 14, 2018

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the October 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe.

In a region experiencing rapid growth and development, it’s beginning to feel like we need a central, handy storage place for the details of the city’s fast-changing story before we all forget them. 

Authors Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson and Natalie Ross are on it with Seattleness: A Cultural Atlas (Sasquatch, $24.95, released October 23), a collection of compelling data and creatively illustrated charts full of statistics about what makes our region special. Topics range from ferries and ferry traffic, the region’s seismic activity, indigenous histories and native foods to cultural cornerstones such as Seattle’s notable grunge music venues—told, of course, in flannel. Learn more when the authors visit the Rainier Arts Center on 11/8 to talk about the book. 

Seattle Grunge-Era Venues

1. Kurt Cobain Memorial at Viretta Park

2. MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture)

3. Showbox at the Market

4. Motorsports International Garage

5. OK Hotel

6. Cyclops Cafe

7. Gorilla Gardens

8. Central Saloon

9. Moore Theatre

10. The Crocodile

11. Music Bank Studio

12. Blue Moon Tavern

13. Cornell Apartments

14. Gas Works Park

15. Comet Tavern

16. Terminal Sales Building

17. Metropolis

18. Black Dog Forge

19. Rainbow Tavern

20. Re-bar

21. Black Hole Sun at Volunteer Park

22. Neumos

23. The Vogue


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