During the month of May, The Seattle Public Library and the Fremont Historical Society will co-host an exhibit highlighting the Fremont Bridge. The exhibit will be on display at the Fremont Branch until May 30. The public is invited to a reception for the exhibit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084.

Ever wondered how the Fremont Bridge operates or wanted to know more about its history? If so, join us at noon during the reception on Saturday, May 11. Greg Silcox, Fremont Bridge tender and grandson of one of its builders, will give a talk on the past and present that the Fremont Bridge has seen. Silcox will answer your questions about being a bridge tender and describe his grandfather’s experiences building the Fremont Bridge.

The display includes photographs and stories about some of the changes that have occurred since the Fremont Bridge opened in 1917, such as:

  • The growth of maritime businesses since the opening of the Ship Canal
  • The story of the Bridge’s paint colors
  • The history and relocation of the Red Door Ale House building
  • The development of the property along the canal from the Lumber Mill to the current Lake Union Center

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Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Metered street parking is available near the branch, and there is a pay parking lot across the street.

This display is presented by the Fremont Historical Society in honor of National Preservation Month. The Fremont Historical Society is dedicated to building awareness and appreciation of the history of the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations to offer local history that is accessible to all.