On this walk, we will explore Seattle's most famous land alteration project: the complete removal of a hill in the downtown area. We'll cover about 1.5 miles circumnavigating the old hill in the area known as the Denny Regrade, where Amazon's campus is now located. Along the walk, we'll learn about how and why early Seattleites undertook this audacious and ambitious project, which they completed between 1897 and 1930. We'll also see clues in the landscape that allow you to visualize Denny Hill and walk through the heart of the Amazon campus.
Hi. I’m David Williams, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I am an award-winning author who has been leading walking tours around Seattle for more than 15 years. My books weave together the human and natural histories of Seattle and its surrounding areas. They include Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist, and Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal. This walk is based on what I learned writing those books.
We'll explore the area known as the Denny Regrade in order to understand its history and context in the historic and modern city.
Denny Hill: History of the Regrade