Red Nun Buoy

It’s not Atlantis, but 10 feet below the #2 red nun buoy lies a submerged island. As Seattle prepared for the 1962 World’s Fair, an entrepreneur began filling the lake to build a waterfront hotel. Every day, dirt was dumped in the lake but it never seemed to fill in, until one morning an island appeared offshore. No wall was built to retain the dumped dirt and the hotel project was abandoned. A clan of college students claimed the island as their autonomous property and occupied it temporarily. Eventually, the island eroded back into the Lake.

Red nun buoy
Captain S.P. Randolph on Lake Union in the steamboat Maud. Photographer Arthur Churchil Warner (1864-1943). Image courtesy of MSCUA, UW Library, photo collection 273.