The Charmed Land
Thousands of inquiries, including 3,000 in one week, resulted from the Chamber's national ad campaign "Seattle invites you to the Charmed Land."
The Chamber's newsletter, The Seattle Spirit, reported that the ads were "putting before the country for the first time in a national way the wonders of the Puget Sound country." The first 300 letters included 52 definite statements of plans to visit in the summer.
Connecting our region
In July 1927, the Chamber's Aviation Committee investigated six sites in King County for a municipal airport and selected a seventh location east of the Duwamish River.
The area was well served by three rail lines and Highway 99 and was near water for use by seaplanes. Runway construction began on March 28, 1928, using fill from dredging the Duwamish River.
On July 26, 1928, Boeing Field was dedicated, with Boeing president William E. Boeing telling the crowd of 20,000 that "this day is just about the happiest one of my life." State representative W.W. Conner remarked that "Boeing Field today means more to Seattle and the Northwest than the building of the old Yesler Wharf meant to our pioneer citizens."
Sources: Seattle Business Special Edition: Seattle Chamber Celebrates 100 Years; Seattle Spirit; HistoryLink.org