Virtual Skagit Tours

What makes boats so charming, so timeless, and so convivial? Let us travel backward along the river of time to the late 1920’s when the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project was in its infancy. James Delmage Ross, the second Superintendent of Seattle City Light had been trying to compel to Seattleites to join the age of electricity at a time when not everybody was convinced they needed to.

With the completion of Diablo Dam, JD decided to use the very waters of the hydroelectric project. He would need a fine boat with a fine name to achieve the effect he wanted. Which name would express this spirit? Alice Ross, wife to JD, became the namesake for the boat! There have been four versions of Alice boats since the late 1920’s. We look forward to sharing them with you in this video!


We’re familiar with electricity and its presence in our lives, but how does it come to be inside our homes? What systems enable electricity to exist there? Who makes these systems possible? The availability of electricity has not always been as ubiquitous as it is today. Learn more with Skagit River Hydroelectric Power Plant Operator and Seattle City Light employee Nick Goddard!


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