The Gates of Aldarra by Dale Lockwood

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Photo taken near Fall City, Washington USA with my Canon Rebel 450D. The gate in this shot belongs to aeronautic legend William Boeing’s Mansion Aldarra.

In 1942, while the world was at war, William Boeing Sr. donated his Highland Hills mansion to Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle, Washington. The mansion was subsequently sold to raise funds for the hospital, and in 1988 was placed on both the National and Washington State Registers of Historic Places. An interesting note is that that Bill Boeing wrote a check every year during the Great Depresion and Second World War to balance Childrens Hospital’s books. In those days some ninety percent of Childrens patients could not make payment on their medical bills. The fact that Bill Boeing made this yearly donation to Childrens was kept secret for fifty years.

After donating Highland Hills, he and his wife Bertha took up residence in the small town of Fall City, purchasing a stunning house from master shipbuilder John F. Duthie. Boeing went on to buy some 1,000 acres along the Redmond-Fall City Road. His farm at one point boasted 500 head of cattle. The Boeing Farm was later renamed Aldarra Farm.

At first, Boeing raised purebred Herefords on Aldarra, but later switched to Black Angus cattle and sheep. He is credited with having done much to improve the standards of registered beef stock throughout the Northwest. Aldarra became completely mechanized. During the 1950s Boeing built the state’s only noncommercial grass dehydrating plant so the cattle had prime pasture all year round.

Boeing personally inspected every acre of his land, striding briskly and swinging a cane he did not need, and followed by a Pekingese named General Motors. When his health began to fail in 1954, he began to tour by jeep. William Boeing passed on September 28, 1956.

The land that was the farm Aldarra is now an exclusive golf course and the famous mansion now sets empty, except for many memories of times now past.

Canon Rebel 450D Xsi
Tamron 10 – 24 MM Wide Angle Lens
Focal Length 10 MM
ISO 400
F-Stop F/23
Exposure Time 1/20th Second


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Born and raised in the logging town of Snoqualmie, Washington (the logging days in Snoqualmie are mostly in the past now). I currently reside in Issaquah, Washington. My Canon Rebel 450D was a Christmas gift that has kept on giving me hours and hours of pleasure. I recently aquired a Canon 5D Mark II and I am now learning to use this awesome instument. I hope you enjoy these pictures half as much as I enjoyed capturing them!

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