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Throwback Thursday: W 57th St in 1880

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on March 6th, 2014

It’s that time of the week where we take a look back at the Ballard of yesteryear in our weekly Throwback Thursday post.

This one is definitely and “oldie” but a goodie from all the way back in 1880. Check out the black and white photo below of men, boys and harnessed teams of horses and mules grading the road in the 900 block of what was then W 57th St. Wonder if the work had SDOT approval?

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Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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7 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Sam // Mar 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    So much better before the yuppies moved in.

  • 2 Boat guy // Mar 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Hey, the road was so much smoother back then.

  • 3 Sam // Mar 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Fedoras, waxed mustaches, bikes with no brakes?

    Effin’ hipsters!

  • 4 Profile photo of Jules Jules // Mar 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Since Ballard was not a part of Seattle until 1907, they didn’t need SDOT approval! Ballardites! Throw off the yoke of your Seattle oppressors!

  • 5 Profile photo of Novalis Novalis // Mar 7, 2014 at 2:51 am

    West 57th is that in Ballard ?

    NW is actually.

    Or did they change streets names, since that time ?

  • 6 Marybeth Turner // Mar 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Road building and maintaining has changed quite a bit since then! Thank you for posting this vintage photo.

  • 7 Andy Heath // Mar 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    What street is it now????????????

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