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Welcome to West Seattle ...

West Seattle is located in King County<1>.

The location of West Seattle has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of West Seattle, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1889.

A typical abbreviation for West Seattle: W. Seattle

West Seattle is 380 feet [116 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: West Seattle lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Communities near West Seattle ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near West Seattle.

  • Seattle
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northeast)
  • Bellevue
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
  • Kent
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Renton
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Federal Way
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Kirkland
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Auburn
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • Redmond
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Sammamish
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
  • Shoreline
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around West Seattle. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for West Seattle.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of West Seattle. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around West Seattle.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around West Seattle. See our Newspapers Page for West Seattle.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for West Seattle ...

Looking for more information about West Seattle? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to West Seattle, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for West Seattle.

Adding West Seattle to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of West Seattle in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for West Seattle was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<5>

From that list, the West Seattle post office opened in 1889.

We also found West Seattle in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for West Seattle.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West Seattle. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for King County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including King, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around West Seattle - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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