The neighborhood is on Duwamish Peninsula, on Puget Sound.
The area's first non-native residents, under the leadership of Arthur Denny settled here in 1851. Almost all of that original party moved shortly thereafter to present-day downtown.
In 1902, West Seattle incorporated as a city. Five years later, Seattle annexed the community.
The state legislature, in the mid-1990s, passed a bill that would have allowed West Seattle to secede from Seattle proper. The governor, however, vetoed the bill.
Local festivals include:
- West Seattle Summerfest - July 13-15, 2007
- Arts In Nature Festival - Aug. 25-26, 2007
- Seattle Music Fest at Alki Beach - Aug. 10-12, 2007
Dates often change. Check West Seattle web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Alki Beach Park, Hamilton Viewpoint Park, Schmitz Park, Mee Kwa Mooks Park, Lincoln Park, Fauntleroy Park
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