This week's interesting General Land Office record features a survey plat that displays Seattle, Washington. Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and is home to music and tech innovation along with a storied history. Settlers arrived in the Seattle area around 1851 claiming a townsite they first called New York. They would later change the name to New York-Alki which came from a Chinook word meaning "by and by" or "someday." After a brutal winter season, a majority of the settlers moved a short distance across Elliott Bay because they wanted access to a deeper water port. Read More on ArcGIS Story Maps.
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