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caption: A postcard of the Ballard Locks, 1917
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A postcard of the Ballard Locks, 1917
Credit: Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC BY 2.0)/

The triumph and tragedy of the Ballard Locks

Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda Mapes about the 100-year anniversary of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, also known as the Ballard Locks.

Mapes discusses how truly transformational the Locks were, for both good and ill. She details the ways in which the city was reshaped in ways that were only possibly because of the Locks. But she also discusses the human cost and how the oppressed Native American population was even further harmed by this progress.