To those new to the area, Swan Island seems to be an odd moniker for what’s actually a peninsula. But historically it really was an island. In the previous century, the back channel was filled in because its navigability was frequently compromised. Over time more and more infill was created, allowing for more development.
During WWII, Henry Kaiser turned Swan Island into a 24-hour shipbuilding site, even creating temporary housing for his employees to easily and quickly report to work. At this time, Swan Island is restricted as an industrial district. No condo development projects to report.
We hope you find Swan Island’s history as fascinating as we do. As we continue to dig into musty archives, we’ll post our finds here for your review. Share any tidbits you may have about Swan Island, businesses or people living, working or visiting there. We’ll add them to the mix.