Dr. Floyd Schmoe (1895-1999) wrote hundreds of articles and published ten books, including Our Greatest Mountain, A Year in Paradise and For Love of Some Islands, according to historylink.org. Peace Park in Seattle is a lasting symbol of his work.
He loved nature and taught forestry at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a young man, he and his wife, Ruth, were caretakers of Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier. Sadly, this was also where they lost the life of their newborn girl.
At the age of 95, he used Hiroshima Peace Prize winnings to create Peace Park, at the north end of Lake Union (800 Eastlake Avenue NE). It features the “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes” sculpture by Daryl Smith. (Sadako was a 12-year-old girl who died of cancer.) Children in the Seattle community regularly decorate the statue and its neighboring tree with brightly-colored origami “peace cranes.”
Peace Park is on a thin stretch of land near the corner of a busy intersection with an adjacent sidewalk and benches, near the University of Washington. Steps to a nature trail below can be found a short distance behind the “Sadako” display.
Schmoe awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to high school students until 2012, according to peacescholarship.org.
Click on the yellow “Personalize It” box below to see how to make a paper crane.
Given the small size of this stop, it can easily fit into travelers’ schedules before or after a visit to Hugo House.