Hooverville water front and Connecticut [Street], 1935
Archival Pigment Print, printed by Juan Aguilera in the PCNW digital labs on Canson Photo Lustre paper
14 x 18 inches
Retail Framed: $350
© H.M. Warner; courtesy of General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives (public domain)

Shows the homeless shantytown called Hooverville in Seattle, Washington, located on Port of Seattle tidal flats, 1935. Includes the Smith Tower and downtown Seattle in the distance. Notes: Hooverville was one of the homeless shantytowns that existed during the Hoover years of the Great Depression. It started with Jesse Jackson (an unemployed lumberjack) and 20 others, who built shacks on vacant land owned by the Port of Seattle, a few blocks south of Pioneer Square, in October of 1931. Hooverville remained in existence until 1941, when the Seattle Health Department established a Shack Elimination Committee.

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