Only the best resorts have souvenir spoons that showcase their brand. In this case, it’s a little pewter number from Sun Mountain Lodge in Washington State. It’s in the Methow Valley, which—the locals say—is pronounced meh-tau, thankyouverymuch.
The zoo has been around since 1905 and the aquarium since 1935, but they were in separate locations until 1963, when the aquarium relocated onto zoo property.
Now, let’s all sing the theme song: “I wanna do *clap clap* Point Defiance Zoo!! somethingsomething polar bear…and don’t forget the walrus!”
Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington is situated on a large piece of property that used to belong to Guy Phinney, a wealthy real estate developer. Phinney’s estate included a small menagerie (with deer, bears, and an ostrich) in the northwest corner of his property.
Phinney died in 1893 and his property, along with the animals, was purchased in 1899 by the city of Seattle and turned into a public park and zoological gardens.
Today’s modern Woodland Park Zoo is on the upper portion of the original Phinney estate in the neighborhood that bears his name.
I’m a lifelong Seattle resident and have been a zoo member for decades, but strangely enough, I didn’t have a WPZ spoon. Their gift shop no longer sells them, so I had to get one from eBay.