With the advent of passenger and car ferry services to Seattle, Mercer Island gradually acquired a school, church, and post office, and many other services took root in the community. Residents continued to use rowboats, steamboats and ferries to get to and from the island. Development was slow and cumbersome as all supplies had to be transported by boat.
However, with the opening of the East Channel Bridge in 1923 and the Lake Washington Floating Bridge in 1940, the island gradually evolved into a commuter suburb attracting new residents to its park-like setting and excellent schools.
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by Priscilla Ledbetter Padgett
Images of America series
128 pages/ softcover
Published: May 20, 2013