Friday, September 17, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday - Buffalo in Seattle

Another card from my growing collection!!!

In 1913 this card was sent to Miss Ruth Brown in Des Moines, Iowa from Emil of Port Madison, Washington. They were postal card friends. Emil writes, "...I received your card thanking you very much and I hope to hear from you again. Well be good and write soon."

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle started as the private estate of Guy C Phinney, a lumber mill owner. His estate included about 180 acres. He had a streetcar line that shuttled people between Freemont and the park he created on the western half of his property. He had a small menagerie of animals. Guy passed away in 1893 and in 1899 his wife sold the property to the City of Seattle.

A few years later, 1903, the Lake Washington Cable Railway Co donated their private Leschi Park menagerie. By this time the zoo had a few large animals including elk and bear. I wonder how they acquired a small herd of buffalo?

Today the Woodland Park Zoo is ranked as one of the world’s best zoos.

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5 comments:

Stampin' D'Amour said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing this! :)

-pamela

Catherine said...

Very interesting local zoo history! Love the card... and the buffalo!

Postcardy said...

I like the way the center Buffalo is looking out at the viewer.

MrCachet said...

It is indeed a fine zoo. Thanks for sharing this one with us!

viridian said...

I will have to check out this zoo, if I ever get back to Seattle!