In the February 2020 issue of Kirkland Lifestyle magazine I told the story of lake transportation before the floating bridges. Writing in 1934, R. H. Collins, Kirkland’s first mayor, said of the early days, “Separated from Seattle as we are by Lake Washington, transportation has always been a vital problem in the development of this section.”
Steamboats and, later, ferries were the way many Kirklanders crossed the lake before the first floating bridge opened in 1940 and the ferry to Kirkland stopped running in 1950. I have spent decades researching these vessels and love this topic. I hope you enjoy the article!