Our River Has a Story!
A landscape shaped by ice, fire and water, the Duwamish River Estuary has a story to tell!
The indigenous people of metropolitan Seattle have been here since the end of the last glacial period, 12,000 years ago. Thirteen prominent tribal villages were in what is now the City of Seattle. All the people living aroound Elliott Bay, the Duwamish, Black and Cedar Rivers were collectively known as the doo-AHBSH, "People of the Inside".
The Duwamish River creates an estuary where its freshwater mixes with the Saltwater of Elliott by. Before the early 1900's, the Duwamish estuary was teaming with wildlife, fish and had 5,200 acres of tidal mudflats, marshes, swamps and river habitat.