The Second World War brought many migrants to the Pacific Northwest, including large numbers of African Americans and Asians working at Boeing, the shipyards, fishing, and timber. Those desperate newcomers needed shelter.
The burgeoning waterfront development included a boathouse, piers, a wooden promenade and twin bandstands offshore with shoreline seating. Beer was sold to audiences while they listened to Wagner’s Band play Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Later came a racetrack near Broadmoor.