Duwamish Head

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Duwamish Head
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Duwamish Head seen from Elliott Bay
Map showing the location of Duwamish Head
Map showing the location of Duwamish Head
LocationWest Seattle, Seattle, King County, Washington, US
Coordinates47°35′42″N 122°23′10″W / 47.595°N 122.386°W / 47.595; -122.386Coordinates: 47°35′42″N 122°23′10″W / 47.595°N 122.386°W / 47.595; -122.386
Topo mapUSGS Duwamish Head[1]

Duwamish Head is the northernmost point in West Seattle, Washington, jutting into Elliott Bay. The Duwamish called it "Low Point" or "Base of the Point" (Lushootseed: sgWudaqs).

A large boulder covered with petroglyphs once lay on the beach.[2] The Duwamish tribe was relocated to a reservation here in 1856, which at the time was referred to as Holderness Point.[3] From 1907 to 1913 it was the site of an amusement park, Luna Park. Today Alki Beach Park extends southwestward from Duwamish Head to Alki Point;[4] the area at the head is sometimes called "Anchor Park" due to the 5,000-pound (2,300 kg) anchor at the site.


  1. ^ "Duwamish Head". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-01-01. Feature ID 1504603.
  2. ^ Thrush, Coll (2007). Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place. University of Washington Press. p. 233. ISBN 0-295-98700-6.
  3. ^ "Summary under the Criteria and Evidence for Proposed Finding Against Acknowledgment of the Duwamish Tribal Organization" (PDF). U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Federal Acknowledgement. 1996. p. 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  4. ^ "Alki Beach Park". Seattle Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 2015-01-01.