Where the Black River Meets the Duwamish


Fly to where the Black River meets the Duwamish River in Google Earth ...  just an experiment to see how effective it is to overlay photographs on the sattelite view you get with Google Earth.   The joining of the rivers is best seen from a foot bridge over the Duwamish from the Fort Dent recreational area. 

Now that i found this intersection it begs the question:  if the Black river flowed out of the Southern end of Lake Washington, and if the Cedar river flows into Lake Washington, then how could they have met ... can you have the joining of two rivers flowing in opposite directions?


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  1. duwamish river
  2. black river
  3. cedar river
  4. renton
  5. seth photo
  6. maps

Comments


Seth says
Just to answer my question above ... here is a map from the Renton History Museum ca 1950 ...

I've drawn the direction of flow of the rivers.  It looks to me that the flow from Lake Washington would meet the flow from the Cedar at about 130 degrees and then change direction another 130 degrees to flow into the Black River.  

It would be interesting to find some person who remembers seeing that or even some person who has written about that intersection.  It seems to me that it would be pretty turbulent.



Seth says
In Olympia last weekend, i found a map showing the Black River flowing from the Cedar to the Dwamish. Note that back then they used to call Lake Washington, Lake Dwamish. 

The map title reads:
Map of a part of Washington Territory to accompany report of the Surveyor General 1860' - 61.

It is still available from Sherburne Antiques and Fine Art, 100 4th St, Olympic Washington, for $65

Also note the width of the river - this was a very wide river.  Much of what is now the BNSF rail corridor must have been  under water. See other pictures in black river.

Seth says
In postcard swap meet in Kent i found another map showing the lost Black River.
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The caption on the map reads:  Map of a part of the TERRITORY of WASHINGTON to accompany Report fo Surveyor General 1855. Surveyor generals Office, Olympia Washington Territory, September 20th 1855, James Tilton, Surveyor General. 


Seth says

a very kewl and detailed map of Renton area is available from the government here.

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