From the Diary of Hazel Bucklin 1923 - 1924
Tuesday, August 28, 8:20 P.M. Hotel Frye, Seattle.
Today has been restful compared with the last four, yet very busy. Seattle is a beautiful city, and built for pleasure and real living, apparently. We have seen no real slums, few homes built for great display, and many many tiny bungalows. The air here is wonderful; on this hot August day there was a feeling to it that I never noticed at home except in spring. Somewhere there are forest fires, and the smoke hangs low over the city, hiding the snow-capped peaks from sight. This morning I shopped for a few necessaries. There is one beautiful great store here--Frederick and Nelson’s--a fascinating place to spend time and money. After dinner--we had three excellent and cheap meals here in the Hotel--Donald and I rested. Donald ate a good dinner, his first since Providence . Harold tended to visaes, etc. At 4 P.M. we took a sightseeing tour around Seattle --a beautiful trip, returning at 6:30 . We saw the government locks--I will enclose a folder here, tho.
One feels here the absence of the hurry and strain of an eastern city, and notices the healthiness of the people. Life seems to be easier here. The death rate is low, and our guide said that while most of the people here are not wealthy, most can afford a $5 or $6,000 house--I suppose the little bungalows we saw. He said there is little real poverty, and that seems to be true. The parks and boulevards are beautiful, and nature has given wonderful settings to this city. Around Lake Washington it is beautiful. The U. of W. has a marvelous campus, with great imposing buildings, and much land and gardens. The stadium is not as wonderful as I expected. We saw lovely flowers--roses all in bloom, hollyhocks a dozen or more feet high, and many familiar flowers. The mt. ash trees are plentiful, and the berries larger and more numerous than in the East.