Seattle Southside History

From the First Peoples to the early European settlers, Seattle Southside has a rich and fascinating history. Fortunately for history buffs, locals have a penchant for documenting and protecting this region’s history through museums, historic landmarks, and oral histories.


Zenith Holland Nursery

The oldest continually operating business in Des Moines has grown and sold high quality plants to locals and visitors since 1907. 

Zenith Holland Gardens Sign


Nike Missile Site at Grandview Dog Park

With all the happy dogs frolicking around at this park, you’d never know the location used to house a Cold War-era missile defense system. 

Women walking dogs in front of snow-capped Mount Rainier


Bootlegging at Des Moines Marina

Learn about Roy Olmstead and his role in the secret culture of bootlegging during prohibition and how the Marina was a key location to deliver smuggled alcohol.

Sailboat returning to Des Moines Marina.


Duwamish Gardens

This public park represents the history of how the Coast Salish people, pioneering truck farmers, and Italian immigrants all interacted with surrounding landscape. 

Women looking up at wind chime display at Duwamish Gardens Park