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What Seattle looked like in the 1890s Through Spectacular Historic Photos

Upon the arrival of the Great Northern Railway in Everett in 1893, Seattle’s city center underwent rapid redevelopment, leading to explosive growth. Timber and coal were the city’s primary industries, but fishing, wholesale trade, shipbuilding, and shipping also contributed to its expansion and population growth. As gold was discovered along and near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory and Alaska in 1897, Seattle became a boomtown. The city became the premier outfitting point for prospectors because of its proximity to the Klondike and its established shipping lines. Alaska was considered to be the personal property of Seattle and Seattleites for a long time.

The city’s population increased from 3,533 in 1880 to 80,671 at the end of the 19th Century. According to one estimate, Seattle gained 1,000 new residents per month during the first half of 1889; in March alone, there were 500 buildings under construction, most of the wood structures. On June 6, 1889, a devastating fire that leveled the buildings on 116 acres in the city’s business district slowed but did not stop the city’s growth. The fire did not result in fatalities, but it caused millions of dollars’ worth of property damage.

Below are fascinating historical photos that show what Seattle looked like in the late-19th Century. Also, check Seattle in the 1880s and 1870s.

#1 2nd Ave. looking north from Yesler Way, Seattle, 1899

2nd Ave. looking north from Yesler Way, Seattle, 1899

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#3 Buildings and grounds at Leschi Park on Lake Washington, Seattle, 1890

Buildings and grounds at Leschi Park on Lake Washington, Seattle, 1890

Colonial Block. No. 21 From in front of the Colonial Block, just north of Columbia, south along Second Street.

#5 2nd Avenue from James Street, looking north, Seattle, 1890

2nd Avenue from James Street, looking north, Seattle, 1890

Shows Butler Hotel and the Bailey Block on the left, Oriental Block on the right; electric streetcar on 2nd Ave., cable car on James Street.

#8 Bicycle along the Lake Washington bicycle path, 1899

#10 Celebration honoring volunteers of the First Washington Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Pioneer Square, 1899

Celebration honoring volunteers of the First Washington Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Pioneer Square, 1899

The First Washington Volunteer Infantry Regiment, led by John H. Wholley, was mustered for the Spanish American War but fought in the insurrection in the Philippines instead.

#11 Central School, Madison Street between 6th Ave. and 7th Ave., 1899

#12 Child standing near Hunters Pride shelter looking across Green Lake from the southeast end, 1896

#14 Building at the end of a pier, possibly Ballard neighborhood, Seattle, October 1890

#15 1st Avenue from Cherry St., looking north, Seattle, 1890.

1st Avenue from Cherry St., looking north, Seattle, 1890.

Shows Sullivan Building (712 1st Ave.) at right, Starr-Boyd Building (1st Ave. and Cherry St.) at left; cable car of the Front Street Cable Railway turning onto 1st Ave.

#16 1st Avenue from Cherry St., looking north, Seattle, 1890

#18 Cigar concession stand in men’s restroom, Westlake Square Comfort Station, September 18, 1917

#20 Columbia Street from 1st Ave., looking east, Seattle, 1891

#21 Columbia Street, 1890

Columbia Street, 1890

Shows West Street House at Columbia northeast corner West.

#22 Bon Marche, Nordhoff and Co. department store, probably 1896

Bon Marche, Nordhoff and Co. department store, probably 1896

Probably in Belltown at the corner of 1st Ave. and Cedar St. The Bon Marché was founded in 1890 and moved downtown in 1896.

#23 3rd Ave. from University Street, looking north, Seattle, Washington, 1890

#24 1st Ave. from about Pike St., 1895.

1st Ave. from about Pike St., 1895.

Building with tower in center is the Arlington Hotel located at 1512 1st Ave.

#25 1st Ave. S. looking north from Main St., Seattle, 1899

#26 Bend in the path with bicycle in distance, Seattle, 1897

#27 Bon Marche, Nordhoff and Co. department store, 1896

Bon Marche, Nordhoff and Co. department store, 1896

The Bon Marché was founded in 1890 and moved downtown in 1896.

#28 Covered facility for picnics at Ravenna Park, 1898

#29 Crowds at the waterfront near the foot of University Street, Seattle, 1898

Crowds at the waterfront near the foot of University Street, Seattle, 1898

Shows unidentified steamships at dock, and possibly the Klondike-Chicago Transportation and Trading Company.

#30 3rd Ave. and Pine St., looking southeast, 1891

3rd Ave. and Pine St., looking southeast, 1891

Shows the First Methodist Protestant Church at 3rd Ave. and Pine St. in foreground

#31 Children standing outside I.O.G.T. Hall (International Organization of Good Templars), 1897

#33 Art studio interior showing men and women painting, 1890s

#34 Bell’s Hotel, 1898

Bell's Hotel, 1898

Bell's Hotel (also often called the Hotel Bellevue or the Bellevue House) at 2330 1st Ave. (intersection of 1st and Battery Sts). The Hotel survived the Great Fire and stood at this location until 1937.

#35 Businesses at the northeast corner of 1st Ave. and Union St., Seattle, December 13, 1981

#36 Businesses at the northeast corner of 1st Ave. and Union St., Seattle, December 13, 1981

Businesses at the northeast corner of 1st Ave. and Union St., Seattle, December 13, 1981

James st. No. 28. Temporary buildings in front of Yesler Home, Third Ave. Court house

#37 Cable car of the First Avenue Railway Co. on 2nd Ave., 1898

Cable car of the First Avenue Railway Co. on 2nd Ave., 1898

Also known as the Mercer Island Hotel and the East Seattle Hotel.

#38 Car 1 of the Rainier Power and Railway Co. with investor David T. Denny, near Lake Union, Seattle, 1891

#39 Coney Island Bathhouse on the beach at Duwamish Head, Summer 1899

#41 Corliss P. Stone residence at 1120 N. 35th Street, 1891

#43 Ice skaters on Lake Union, 1890

Ice skaters on Lake Union, 1890

A view of Lake Union frozen over from Fremont.

#44 James Street and Yesler Way from Pioneer Square, 1894

#45 Cooper & Levy store, 104-106 1st Ave. S. near Yesler Way Seattle, 1897

#46 Crowd gathered around dog team near waterfront, Seattle, 1898

#48 David Judkins’ house, 522 Depot St. (later Denny Way), Seattle, 1890s

#49 David T. Denny Residence at Republican St. with dog, possibly “Curly,” on the front porch, 1890

#51 Dredging operation for the Seattle and Lake Washington waterway, July 29, 1895

#52 Eastlake from south Lake Union, 1895

Eastlake from south Lake Union, 1895

Shows Eastlake to the left, Wallingford and Fremont in the distance, and Queen Anne to the left.

#53 Electric streetcar of the Seattle Consolidated Street Railway, 1894

#54 Electric streetcar of the Seattle Consolidated Street Railway, 1894

#55 Woman with bicycle on the Lake Washington bicycle path, 1899

#56 View SW from 32nd Avenue, 1898

View SW from 32nd Avenue, 1898

Thirty-second Avenue. South. 1898."

#57 East side of 1st Ave. between James St. and Cherry Street, Seattle, 1890.

#58 Eighth grade class standing on steps of the Denny School, Seattle, 1899

#60 Fire fighters battling the fire at the Schwabacher Brothers’ building, Seattle, June 27, 1892.

#62 Holyoke Building, Spring St. southeast corner of 1st Ave., 1890

#63 Interior of classroom showing school children seated at desks, 1890

#64 Leschi Park looking toward Lake Washington, 1890

Leschi Park looking toward Lake Washington, 1890

Shows ferry dock to the left; Lake Washington Cable Railway Co. tracks to the right.

#65 Leschi Park on Lake Washington, Seattle, 1890

Leschi Park on Lake Washington, Seattle, 1890

Shows Leschi terminal for the Lake Washington Cable Railroad Company at the foot of Yesler Way, sidewheel steamboat docked at boathouse, and pavilions.

#66 Leschi Park Pavilion, 1890.

Leschi Park Pavilion, 1890.

Pavillion, Leschi Park

#67 Madison Street, 1893

Madison Street, 1893

Shows the freight Office of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway at the foot of Madison Street.

#68 Man and woman with baby carriage near front porch of residence at 1428 23rd Ave Seattle, 1890

#70 Mutual Life Building, 1893

Mutual Life Building, 1893

Located at 1st Avenue, Northwest corner Yesler Way.

#72 Soule residence garden, 1353 32nd Ave. Sreet, Seattle, 1899

#73 Soule residence porch and garden, 1353 32nd Ave. Street, Seattle, 1899

#74 Tracks of the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad, Lake Samamish, Washington, approximately 1891.

#75 Two women promenading in Madrona Park, Seattle, 1890

#76 7th Ave. north from near Jefferson Street, 1890

7th Ave. north from near Jefferson Street, 1890

The towers of Providence Hospital (at 5th Ave. and Madison St.) and the Central School (at 6th Ave. and Madison St.) can be seen in the distance at the center of the photo. The Central School was constructed in 1889.

#77 Arthur Denny house, 1890

Arthur Denny house, 1890

Southeast corner of First Ave. and Union St. Built 1886; demolished about 1900. Now site of Arcade Building.

#78 Brygger Home in Ballard, 1890

Brygger Home in Ballard, 1890

Originally located at 32nd Market Street (Lockspot location). Trees cut and towed to mill to be made into lumber, and towed back to build the house about 1882-4.

#79 Budlong House, 1898

Budlong House, 1898

Houses. Budlong House at Aurora Ave. and Ewing St. [N. 34th St.] About 1898.

#80 Cascade School, 1893

Cascade School, 1893

Pontius Ave. and Harrison St. Built 1893."

#81 Construction of Denny Hall, 1895

Construction of Denny Hall, 1895

Colleges & Universities. Washington (State) University. Denny hall. Exterior, under construction. 1895.

#82 First car on James St. Line at 12th Ave., 1890

First car on James St. Line at 12th Ave., 1890

Twelfth Avenue and James Street. Car too heavy to run. G.O. Haller house at left. Power house in rear.

#83 Holy Names Academy at 7th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St., 1898

Holy Names Academy at 7th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St., 1898

Academy of the Holy Names. Ninth Avenue and Jackson Street. Built 1883, demolished about 1907.

#84 ake Washington, foot of Madison Street, 1890

ake Washington, foot of Madison Street, 1890

Buildings and walkway at the edge of Lake Washington in Madison Park.

#86 Madison Park, 1897

Madison Park, 1897

Shown is a canoe from Johnson's Canoe Club, Paddled by Martin Martinson (living today in Ballard). The dock is a walk to the boat house, a swing, Johnson's Ice Cream Parlor, and the brick building in the background (the Pioneer Bldg).

#87 Native American baskets in home of Mabel Thompson, 1900

#88 Old bicycle path, 1895

Old bicycle path, 1895

The old bicycle path followed what is now Lakeview Boulevard and Interlaken Boulevard, then went South along Lake Washington and finally crossed the tideflats on a trestle to South Seattle.

#90 Pioneer Place decorations, November 1899

Pioneer Place decorations, November 1899

Decorations for the return of the soldiers from the Philippines.

#91 Princess Angeline’s House, 1890

Princess Angeline's House, 1890

House Pike St. and Western Ave. Built in 1881. Front entrance with Princess Angeline and dog on porch.

#92 Reconstruction following fire from 1st Ave and Yesler Way, June 1890

Reconstruction following fire from 1st Ave and Yesler Way, June 1890

Front Street looking North from Yesler Avenue. 1890.

#93 Reviewing stand decorated for visit of President Benjamin Harrison at 1st Ave. and Yesler Way, May 6, 1891

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What Seattle looked like in the 1890s Through Spectacular Historic Photos

John Hermanson, Lorne Bane, Henry Baumgart, Charles Christensen, Andrew Brennan, Ab Williams. Center: Chester Smart. Seated: George Sidney, William Steiner, Ben Bloom.

#96 South School, 1897

South School, 1897

South School. 615 - 12th St. Built 1889; demolished in 1909 during the Jackson Street regrade project. Present site occupied by the Bailey Gatzert school.

#97 Umbrella Man, 1899

Umbrella Man, 1899

Standing at corner of Second Ave. and Spring St. Used by J.R. Hagar as model for "Sport." Piper & Taft in background.

#98 Wood House on East 72nd St. and East Green Lake Way, 1898

Wood House on East 72nd St. and East Green Lake Way, 1898

House on North side of East 72nd St between East Green Lake Way and Woodlawn Ave. 1898.

#99 First Baptist Church, 4th Ave. and Cherry Street, 1890s

#100 First house built between Park Junction and Woodland Park, 1899

#101 First Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbia St. and 2nd Ave., 1890

#102 Fremont and Lake Union looking west from Capitol Hill, 1893

#103 Fremont and Lake Union seen from Queen Anne, 1893

#104 Green Lake, 1890s

Green Lake, 1890s

The possibility is strong that this is Green Lake as Mr. McDonald's residence was on that lake. The only other alternative is, of course, Lake Washington.

#105 Guy C. Phinney with group in Woodland Park on road to Green lake, Seattle, 1893

Guy C. Phinney with group in Woodland Park on road to Green lake, Seattle, 1893

Woodland Park prior to its acquisition by the City of Seattle in 1900. Guy C. Phinney standing to the right beside the big tree

#107 Lake Union from Denny Regrade neighborhood, 1895

#109 Looking north on 1st Ave. from James St. showing July 4th parade, Seattle, 1890

#110 Looking north on 1st Ave. from James Street, 1890.

Looking north on 1st Ave. from James Street, 1890.

Shows Pioneer Building and the Hotel Seattle to the right; James St, front right, being raised to reduce the grade between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave.

#111 Looking north on 2nd Avenue from Yesler Way, Seattle, Washington, 1890

#112 Looking south from 2nd Ave. and Cherry Street, Seattle, 1890s.

Looking south from 2nd Ave. and Cherry Street, Seattle, 1890s.

Shows tent city on the left, and Standard Theatre, Butler Hotel, and Occidental Hotel under construction.

#113 Logging operation showing a sawmill, 1899

Logging operation showing a sawmill, 1899

Shows railroad tracks and oxen in foreground.

#115 Fremont lumber mill operation, possibly the Bryant Lumber Mill, 1895

#116 Front Street (now 1st Ave. S.) looking north from James Street, 1897

#117 George Conn, wife, and son Neil standing outside Judge William D. Wood house, 1897

#118 Looking west from 7th Ave. and Columbia St. after a snowfall, Seattle, 1890

Looking west from 7th Ave. and Columbia St. after a snowfall, Seattle, 1890

Shows Central High School, between 6th Ave. and 7th Ave. and Madison St. and Marion St. to the right.

#120 Man in horse-drawn carriage at Woodland Park, 1899

#121 Man with bicycle on the Lake Washington bicycle path, 1899

#122 Man, probably John Soule, on steps of Soule home, 1353 32nd Avenue, 1890s

#123 Mary Soule and her sister Mrs. McAlpin in front of Soule residence, 1353 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, 1899

#124 Men standing near railroad car loaded with large piece of timber for the Chicago World’s Fair, 1893

#125 Menstanding on the first through streetcar on Madison Street, Seattle, 1890

#128 Mill at Salmon Bay, 1890s

Mill at Salmon Bay, 1890s

Shows the Northern Pacific Railroad trestle in foreground, unidentified lumber or shingle mill to the right.

#129 Moran Brother’s Shipyard showing steamboats for the Klondike under construction, 1898

Moran Brother's Shipyard showing steamboats for the Klondike under construction, 1898

No. 671.Moran Bro's Co. Shipyard, Seattle. Building 12 Yukon Steamers.

#130 Moran Brothers Co. shipyards building steamboats for service in the Klondike gold rush, 1898

Moran Brothers Co. shipyards building steamboats for service in the Klondike gold rush, 1898

Twelve Yukon River steamers built by Moran Bros. Company.

#131 Neil Conn with bicycle and George Conn with cow standing in front of William D. Wood house, Woodlawn Avenue, 1897

Neil Conn with bicycle and George Conn with cow standing in front of William D. Wood house, Woodlawn Avenue, 1897

Judge Woods home in 1897. Prof. Conn and Neil in foreground. The log cabin in the center was the first building built at Green Lake. The sign which says Woodlawn Ave. is No. 72nd St. The gate is now the N.E. corner of 72nd and E. Green Lake Way.

#132 Northeast corner of Front and James St., Seattle, showing Henry L. and Sara Yesler on porch of their house, Seattle, 1859

Northeast corner of Front and James St., Seattle, showing Henry L. and Sara Yesler on porch of their house, Seattle, 1859

Probably between Second Avenue between Cherry and Columbia.

#134 Panorama looking northwest, 1890

Panorama looking northwest, 1890

Shows the First Methodist Episcopal Church on Marion St. and 3rd Ave. at center left

#135 Panorama looking northwest, 1890

Panorama looking northwest, 1890

Shows the Rainier Hotel to the right between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave., Marion St. and Columbia St.

#136 Panorama of the waterfront north from Main St., Seattle, 1892.

#137 Passengers aboard the steamer Roanoke leaving for the Klondike from a Seattle dock, June, 1898

#138 Pioneer Square showing the Pioneer Building, Seattle, 1891

#140 Pitts Grocery Store, Broadway & E. Pike St., Seattle, 1890

#141 Plummer Block at 3rd Ave. and Union Street, 1891

#142 Plymouth Congregational Church and 3rd Street, Seattle, 1890

#143 Post Building, northeast corner of Yesler Way and Post St, 1891

#144 Rainier School and school children posed in front of entrance, November 27, 1899

Rainier School and school children posed in front of entrance, November 27, 1899

Rainier School, Seattle. No. 27R. Class Nov. 27, '99. Wilse 811 2nd Ave.

#145 Reindeer with entrance to Woodland Park in background, Seattle, 1898

#147 Residence at the northwest corner of NE 45th St. and Brooklyn Avenue, 1898

Residence at the northwest corner of NE 45th St. and Brooklyn Avenue, 1898

Dean Henry and Bertha Landes' home in 1899. The Hotel Deca now occupies this corner.

#149 Revenue cutter McCulloch, 1898

Revenue cutter McCulloch, 1898

The U.S. Revenue cutter McCulloch aided the U.S. Navy during the Spanish American War and participated in the Battle of Manila Bay in the Philippines

#150 Saloon interior showing men standing at the bar, Occidental Ave. and Washington St., 1895

#151 Sami reindeer herders of the Lapland-Yukon Relief Expedition, 1898

#152 Schoolchildren in front of temporary building for Queen Anne School, top of Queen Anne Hill, Seattle, 1890

#153 Schwabacher’s Wharf, foot of Union Street, 1890

#154 Seagrave House, 224 Virginia Street, Seattle, 1890

#155 Seattle city hall and police headquarters, 3rd Ave. south of Jefferson Street, 1896

Seattle city hall and police headquarters, 3rd Ave. south of Jefferson Street, 1896

The Yesler Mansion is in the background where the present County City Building now stands.

#156 Seattle National Bank Building, southeast corner of Occidental Ave. and Yesler Way, 1898

Seattle National Bank Building, southeast corner of Occidental Ave. and Yesler Way, 1898

Seattle National Bank Building.

#159 Seattle Traction Company car barn at 5th Ave. and Olive St. showing staff and streetcars, 1898

Seattle Traction Company car barn at 5th Ave. and Olive St. showing staff and streetcars, 1898

The former Seattle Traction Co. car barn, built in the early 1890s, here in the process of being converted to retail use as the Westlake Public Market. It would be replaced by the Frederick & Nelson store in 1925.

#160 Seattle, looking east from the waterfront in the vicinity of Pike Street, 1898

Seattle, looking east from the waterfront in the vicinity of Pike Street, 1898

From wharf to Washington Hotel, north of Pike Street

#161 Seattle, looking west from the King County Court House, 1894

Seattle, looking west from the King County Court House, 1894

King County Court House located between 7th Ave. and 8th Ave., Terrace St. and Alder St.

#162 Ships at dock on the waterfront near Pier A at the foot of Washington Street, Seattle, 1897.

#163 Seneca Street, looking toward the waterfront, 1894

Seneca Street, looking toward the waterfront, 1894

Looking west on Seneca St.

#164 Sled dogs at corner of Yesler Way and 2nd Ave., 1898

Sled dogs at corner of Yesler Way and 2nd Ave., 1898

Team of dogs standing in front of the San Francisco Oyster House, 202 Yesler Way.

#165 Sled dogs in front of Yukon Mining School, 1898

Sled dogs in front of Yukon Mining School, 1898

Team of dogs standing in front of the Yukon Mining School and Queen City Dancing Academy

#166 Water tower of Green Lake Station and other buildings on northeast shore of Green Lake, 1896

Water tower of Green Lake Station and other buildings on northeast shore of Green Lake, 1896

Shows station house of the Green Lake Electric Railway Co. and water tower of a sawmill built by A.L. Parker.

#167 Waterfront in the vicinity of Main St., Seattle, 1892.

Waterfront in the vicinity of Main St., Seattle, 1892.

Shows unidentified steamboat at the Union Pacific dock or City dock (foot of Main) The canoe in foreground was copied and pasted from Boyd and Braas 22.

#168 Women with bicycles on the Lake Washington bicycle path, 1899

#169 Woodland Park conservatory, 1896

Woodland Park conservatory, 1896

Green Museum Woodland Park, Seattle, W.N.

#170 Woodland Park hunting lodge, 1895

Woodland Park hunting lodge, 1895

Woodland Park prior to its acquisition by the City of Seattle in 1900. The Hunting Lodge. This was on the slope near the southwest shore of Green Lake, the level of which was considerably higher at that time, the surface extending much nearer to the ledge location than it does now. It was a short distance up the slope back of the Aqua Theater.

#171 State Building, corner of S. Main St. and Occidental Ave. S., 1891

#172 Steamer Willamette departing from the crowded Seattle waterfront for the Klondike, 1899

Steamer Willamette departing from the crowded Seattle waterfront for the Klondike, 1899

From 1897 to 1898, Seattle was deluged by hopeful miners en route to the Klondike gold fields in Alaska. After gathering supplies, herd animals, tools and gear, prospectors boarded steamers for the long journey up to the Yukon.

#173 Steamship Valencia leaving Seattle, April 7, 1898

Steamship Valencia leaving Seattle, April 7, 1898

The Valencia was one of many steamships transporting prospectors from Seattle to the gold fields of Alaska.

#174 Streetcar at University Way NE and NE 52nd Street, University District, 1897

#175 Two women walking in Woodland Park near Green Lake, 1897

#176 University streetcar north of the bank building, University District, 1891

#177 Independent Order of Good Templars Hall, 1897

Independent Order of Good Templars Hall, 1897

Buildings. I.G.O.T. Hall. East side of E. 72nd. St. between Woodlawn Ave. and Fifth Ave. N.E. About 1885." The building was constructed in 1894, suggesting the date of the photo is later than the date provided by the caption.

#178 1st Ave. south from Columbia Street, 1894

1st Ave. south from Columbia Street, 1894

Looking south from Columbia. Photo by Boyd and Braas. This was the main part of the business district at this time.

#179 2nd Ave. looking south from Pike Street, 1890

2nd Ave. looking south from Pike Street, 1890

Looking south from Pike Street. North Seattle cable tracks and a procession of the volunteer fire department in background.

#180 3rd Ave. north from University St. towards Washington Hotel,. 1890

3rd Ave. north from University St. towards Washington Hotel,. 1890

View of Third Street looking north towards the Washington Hotel (also known as the Denny Hotel.) The Plummer Block appears on the right and the Burke Block appears on the far left.

#181 3rd home of Seattle Public Library in the Rialto Building, 1896

#182 City of Seattle” steamboat, 1899

City of Seattle" steamboat, 1899

The "City of Seattle" was a Northern Pacific Railway Steamboat which carried passengers from Tacoma to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush.

#183 Joseph Closset” stern wheeler on Yukon River, 1899

Joseph Closset" stern wheeler on Yukon River, 1899

The location of the boat is not provided in a caption but it frequently traveled the Yukon River to carry prospectors to the gold fields during the Klondike Gold Rush.

#184 Monterey” gunboat in Port Orchard dry dock, 1896

Monterey" gunboat in Port Orchard dry dock, 1896

A near view of the gunboat Monterey in the dry dock at Port Orchard, 10 miles from Seattle on opposite side of Puget Sound. This is taken looking toward the stern of the boat. The Port Orchard Dry Dock mentioned in the caption is likely the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

#185 Walla Walla” steamer, 1898

Walla Walla" steamer, 1898

Built 1881 at Chester, Pennsylvania; wrecked at Cape Mendocino in 1902. Sailed on Seattle-San Francisco run 1882-1902.

#186 Alaska Sailing Day at Pier 4, 1898

Alaska Sailing Day at Pier 4, 1898

Alaska sailing day during the gold rush of 1898."Pier 4 was located between Spring and Seneca St.

#187 Antlers Hotel on Lake Cushman, 1899

Antlers Hotel on Lake Cushman, 1899

The Antlers Hotel was constructed in 1895. The construction of the Lake Cushman Dam in 1926 resulting in the flooding of the hotel and other structures surrounding the lake.

#188 Beaver totem pole in front of home in Wrangell, Alaska, 1899

#189 Boat loading for Alaska, 1897

Boat loading for Alaska, 1897

Signs for the Oregon Improvement Company and the Galbraith Grain Company can be seen in the background.

#190 Boats docked at Oregon Improvement Company docks, 1890

#192 Broadway School in Ballard, 1891

Broadway School in Ballard, 1891

Corner of Broadway and 24th (now 24th NW and NW Market).

#193 Cable powerhouse at 2nd Ave. and Denny Way, 1892

Cable powerhouse at 2nd Ave. and Denny Way, 1892

Cable powerhouse, North Seattle. Denny Way and 2nd Ave. Built 1889; later demolished.

#195 Claflin Brothers & Co. in Nome, Alaska, Sept. 28, 1899

Claflin Brothers & Co. in Nome, Alaska, Sept. 28, 1899

The Claflin Brothers store was located on Front St. The cross street is unknown. Gold was discovered in the area in the summer of 1898 prospectors rushed to stake claims and Nome's population quickly ballooned to 10,000 people. In 1899, more gold was discovered on beaches near the town and spurred an even greater rush of visitors. By 1900, an estimated 1000 people a day were arriving in Nome. Pillsbury took some of the first available photographs of the city. Following his departure, the winter conditions made it too difficult for others to reach the area.

#199 Collins Building, 1894

Collins Building, 1894

Second home of Seattle Public Library. Collins Building. Second Ave. and James St.

#200 Cordray Theater, 1892

Cordray Theater, 1892

Third Avenue and Madison Street. Built 1890; demolished 1908. 1892. Toklas and Singerman's store 1889-1890.

#201 David T. Denny home, 1891

David T. Denny home, 1891

Seattle Houses. Denny, David T. Exterior. Eastlake Ave. and Hamlin St. Built 1891; demolished 1938.

#202 Elephant on parade at Pine St. and 3rd Ave., 1899

#203 Engine House No. 2, 1890

Engine House No. 2, 1890

Fire station (Engine House 2) Exterior. N.E. corner of 3rd Ave. and Pine Street. Built 1890; demolished 1906.

#204 Engine House No. 4, 1899

Engine House No. 4, 1899

Fire station (Engine House 4) Exterior. N.E. corner of 4th Ave. and Battery Street. Built 1890; demolished 1908.

#205 Expedition returning to Antlers Hotel after trip to Olympic Mountains, 1898

Expedition returning to Antlers Hotel after trip to Olympic Mountains, 1898

Expedition of the ANTLERS. Lake Cushman Wash. The Antlers Hotel was constructed in 1895. The construction of the Lake Cushman Dam in 1926 resulting in the flooding of the hotel and other structures surrounding the lake.

#206 Fir log at Huron Lumber Company’s Bothell camp, 1895

Fir log at Huron Lumber Company's Bothell camp, 1895

Fir log, Bothell, Wash. -- at Huron Lumber Co.'s Camp. The log is surrounded by several loggers with three loggers sitting on top.

#207 Fire station Engine House No. 2, 1890

Fire station Engine House No. 2, 1890

station (Engine House, 2) Exterior. N.E. corner of 3rd Ave. and Pine Street. Built 1890; demolished 1906.

#208 First Home of Seattle Public Library, 1891

First Home of Seattle Public Library, 1891

First home of Seattle Public Library. Occidental block (Collins block). Front St., James St., and Yesler Ave. Built 1890.

#211 Greater White Fronted Geese in South Park Pond, 1890

#212 Green Lake and Phinney’s Boathouse from Woodland Park, 1891

Green Lake and Phinney's Boathouse from Woodland Park, 1891

The boathouse was located on the SW shore of Green Lake. Prior to the lowering of the lake, the southern shoreline extended as far south as NE 55th St.

#213 Group outside North American Transportation & Trading Company in Circle City, Alaska, 1899

Group outside North American Transportation & Trading Company in Circle City, Alaska, 1899

The United States Marshal office appears on the left and the North American Transportation & Trading Company warehouse appears in the center of the photograph.

#214 Hans and Nels Nelson at corner of Dock Pl. and Ballard Avenue, 1892

Hans and Nels Nelson at corner of Dock Pl. and Ballard Avenue, 1892

Hotel and restaurant on corner of Dock Place and Ballard Ave. Ballard.

#216 Interior of Antlers Hotel on Lake Cushman, 1898.

Interior of Antlers Hotel on Lake Cushman, 1898.

The Antlers Hotel was constructed in 1895. The construction of the Lake Cushman Dam in 1926 resulting in the flooding of the hotel and other structures surrounding the lake.

#217 John Leary house at 208 Madison Street, 1890

John Leary house at 208 Madison Street, 1890

(Previously built and owned by G.A. Weed) at 208 Madison Street. Built 1876; demolished 1907. Site of Leary Building.

#218 John S. Reasoner House, 1893

John S. Reasoner House, 1893

Reasoner, John S. House at Ravenna Park. House at right unidentified.

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View of Lake Union and Queen Anne from Denny Hill.

#221 Looking south from near 3rd Ave. and Pine Street, 1890

Looking south from near 3rd Ave. and Pine Street, 1890

From Denny Hill. 1890. Looking South. 1. Methodist Protestant Church. 2. Abbott House. 3. Armory. 4. Young Naturalist Bldg. 5. University. 6. Providence hospital. 7. Central school.

#222 Men and log cabins at Stewart City, Yukon, 1899

Men and log cabins at Stewart City, Yukon, 1899

Stewart City served as a trading post for prospectors traveling on steamships along the Yukon River.

#226 Pike St. looking east from 5th Avenue, 1890

Pike St. looking east from 5th Avenue, 1890

Looking east from 5th Ave. Signed by Webster & Stevens.

#227 Pike St. looking east, 1890

Pike St. looking east, 1890

Storefronts on Pike Street including Edmonds & James New & Second-Hand Furniture on the left and Larson's Shoe Store and The Abbot on the right. The 1890 City Directory lists a shoe store belonging to Nels Larson at 619 Pike St.

#228 Plummer Building, 1891

Plummer Building, 1891

Southeast corner Third Ave. and Union St. Built 1890; demolished about 1900.

#230 Prospectors and log cabin at Derwent, Alaska, 1899

Prospectors and log cabin at Derwent, Alaska, 1899

According to "Yukon/Charley Rivers National Preserve, Cumulative Impacts of Mining: Environmental Impact Statement, Volume 1" the town of Derwent was established in 1898 near the mouth of the Charley River. Like many mining towns, it was short-lived.

#232 Seattle Female College, 1893

Seattle Female College, 1893

Located at Ravenna Park. Built 1891; demolished. 1893.

#233 Seattle National Bank Building, 1890

Seattle National Bank Building, 1890

Home of Seattle National Bank located at 102-108 Occidental Avenue South. Designed by J. Parkinson.

#235 Seattle Terminal and Railway Elevator Company grain elevator, 1890.

Seattle Terminal and Railway Elevator Company grain elevator, 1890.

Seattle Terminal and Railway Elevator Company grain elevator was located on present-day Harbor Ave. SW, south of Bronson Way.

#236 Sixth St. School, 1890

Sixth St. School, 1890

Sixth Street School. Sixth Ave. and Madison. Built 1877; closed 1883; sold and moved to 8th and Columbia, 1884.

#237 Spanish American War homecoming, November 4, 1899

Spanish American War homecoming, November 4, 1899

Northwest corner Second Ave. and Madison Street, Rialto Building. Spanish American war homecoming.

#238 Temperance Hall on E. 72nd St., 1891

Temperance Hall on E. 72nd St., 1891

As a temporary measure to meet the growing needs of the 1,000 residents living nearby, in 1901 the school district opened two annexes at Green Lake. The first, about which little is known, was located on the site of the John Marshall school and provided space for two classrooms. The other occupied the two-story I.O.G.T. Hall at today's (1999) NE 72nd Street and 5th Avenue NE, above Baskin & Robbins. This temperance hall was home for three class rooms of second through fifth grade children during the 1901-02 school year.

#239 Territorial University near 4th Ave. and University Street, 1890

Territorial University near 4th Ave. and University Street, 1890

University of Washington now the site of the Olympic Hotel. A rare from from the immediate front. Throndike. The Territorial University operated at this location from 1861 to 1895 at which point they moved to the site of the current University of Washington campus.

#240 rain of Logs at Yesler (Town), 1893

rain of Logs at Yesler (Town), 1893

Yesler's mill built 1890 at the town of Yesler which is now Laurelhurst.

#241 Train with lumber for Columbian Exposition at Columbia St. and Alaskan Way, 1893

#242 View north from 1st Ave. and Cherry St., Seattle, 1890

View north from 1st Ave. and Cherry St., Seattle, 1890

View of businesses along the 700 block of Front Street (now first Avenue) looking north from Cherry Street. The Sullivan Building, built by architect Elmer H. Fisher in 1890, appears on the right.

#243 View north from James Street and Yesler Way, 1891

View north from James Street and Yesler Way, 1891

Second Avenue. 1891. Looking North from Yesler Avenue. 1. Seattle Hotel. 2. Butler Hotel. 3. Hinckley Block.

#244 View of reconstruction following fire from 1st Ave. and James Street, July 1890

#245 View south from Seattle coal bunkers, 1890

View south from Seattle coal bunkers, 1890

View of docks, wharves, ships, logs floating in the water and the Hart Lumber Company (located between Charles and Norman Street in the Moran Brothers Shipyards on the waterfront).

#246 View south from Queen Anne Hill, 1896

View south from Queen Anne Hill, 1896

Denny Hill at left background.

#247 View south from Washington Hotel, 1890

View south from Washington Hotel, 1890

View of Seattle looking south from the Washington Hotel (also known as the Denny Hotel).

#248 View south on Ballard Avenue, 1891

View south on Ballard Avenue, 1891

W.D. Begg Groceries, Fruits, and Provisions appears on the right. The 1891 Ballard City Directory contains the follow entry: ""Begg Wm D, grocer, w s Ballard ave bet 2d and 3d aves, res same."" The Ballard Wine House, located at 2nd Ave. and Ballard Ave. is visible in the distance on the left.

#249 Waterfront at foot of Union Street, 1896

Waterfront at foot of Union Street, 1896

Location appears to be closer to the base of Union St. Vulcan Iron Works (located between University and Union Streets) appears at the left with the Arlington Hotel (located at 1215 1st Ave.) behind it. The Arlington Dock and Golden Rule Bazaar appear at the right.

#250 William Wood House at 308 E. 72nd Stre, 1896

William Wood House at 308 E. 72nd Stre, 1896

308 E. 72nd St. Photo by Mrs. M. Conn. This home was lived in by Seattle Mayor William D. Wood.

#252 Woodland Park entrance, 1891

Woodland Park entrance, 1891

Entrance gates. At that time private estate of Guy Phinney.

#253 Woodland Park Lawn and Fountain, 1891

Woodland Park Lawn and Fountain, 1891

At that time private estate of Guy Phinney.

#254 Woodland Park Street Car, 1891

Woodland Park Street Car, 1891

Car line was owned by Guy Phinney and operated from park entrance at North 50th St. and Fremont Ave. down to Fremont.

#255 Woodland Park, 1899

Woodland Park, 1899

Looking Northeast across Green Lake from near swimming pool.

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