Summer Drives & Buried Hatchets

Saltwater State Park, Photo by infinitelypie, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/infinite-pie/
Saltwater State Park, Photo by infinitelypie, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/infinite-pie/
© courtesy of White River Valley Museum
© courtesy of White River Valley Museum

Destination Maritime Spotlight

Offering Expansive views of Puget Sound, Marine View Drive connects the waterfront communities of De Moines and Redondo, and meanders past several notable parks. Starting from the north end, Des Moines Beach Park was known for decades as Covenant Beach. Several historic buildings on the park property have recently been restored, and is designated as a City of Des Moines Landmark and is listed on the National Register. For those of you traveling by water, please note the adjacent Des Moines Marina offers guest moorage. For mariners and landlubbers alike there is plenty to see, do & eat nearby.

Heading south through the historic community of Zenith, Saltwater State Park was established in 1926, and many of the park’s amenities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the 1930s. The park is located halfway between Seattle and Tacoma and, interestingly, its  dedication ceremony included an effort to make peace between the two rival cities by burying a symbolic hatchet under a rock in the park. (No, sadly, i don’t know which rock.)

Continuing south, Marine View Drive turns into Woodmont Drive S. Wind your way along 16th Avenue S, and then 272nd Street to Redondo, a waterfront community with a half-mile public boardwalk. Redondo once boasted an amusement park and staking rink. Salty’s Restaurant, a local favorite, displays historic photos in its entryway, for some great views of the area in bygone days…

Check out the drive and more to do in these areas by visiting Map4Culture. Map4Culture includes tourism attractions, public art, museums and lots of local history!

We are continually adding updates to Map4Culture, to provide viewers with *new* and interesting content. Below is one of the recent video clips we hope to add this Fall to select sites on the map, so be sure to check back often.

Not *NEW, NEW but perhaps new to you, is the story of the founding of Des Moines – play video below. (Psst, the full video tells you where certain…um…stuff was buried. No, not the hatchet.)

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/101663422[/vimeo]