How West Seattle Built "The Coney Island Of The West," And How Seattle Ruined It | KNKX

How West Seattle Built "The Coney Island Of The West," And How Seattle Ruined It

Mar 17, 2018

At the turn of the 20th century, when West Seattle was a city all its own, the community had a problem: They wanted to attract development, but they also wanted to keep out big-city vice, such as alcohol and gambling.

Their solution? An amusement park on a boardwalk, with roller coasters, side shows, and other kinds of wholesome family fun. As HistoryLink.org's Alan Stein tells Gabriel Spitzer, the decision had some unintended consequences.