The lush farmland of the Duwamish, Green and Snoqualmie River valleys was historically some of the most productive land in the United States. From native Salish gardens on upland prairies, to immigrant homesteads, hop ranches and dairy farms, the AGRICULTURE of King County offered a rewarding life to generations of hard-working families. Today, sustainable farming is a growing effort in both rural and urban areas. Through Destination Agriculture you will learn about community members who are raising our awareness of local seasonal foods, preserving historic barns and farmhouses, and renewing working landscapes.
Bountiful forests and prized minerals shaped the early resource-extraction economy of King County. In sawmills and coalmines, on railroads and massive civil engineering projects, INDUSTRY brought prosperity and technological advancement to this rugged corner of the Pacific Northwest. A legacy of innovation continues today in the aviation and computer industries of this region. Through Destination Industry visitors will explore old waterfront shipyards, mill sites and railroad lines that are now beautiful parks, resorts and (need adjective) public trails with active ties to their industrial past.
Puget Sound history is maritime history. Waterborne transportation was a primary mode of travel around these parts well into the 20th century. Along the shores and waterways of King County, old lighthouses and wharves, bridges and locks, and a fleet of nationally significant heritage ships tell the changing story of a MARITIME past, and the dedicated organizations that work hard to preserve that legacy. Destination Maritime invites you to experience the region’s maritime heritage firsthand, by ferryboat, sailboat, kayaks and other craft.