Throwback Thursday: A stroll down Market Street

By Joe Veyera

Ballard residents know that the makeup of Market Street is always changing, and the lineup of businesses on the stretch is rarely the same from one month to the next. This week’s throwback takes a look at some scenes from Market Street, some of which may look familiar even 100-plus years after the fact.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1904, shows the exterior of the Carnegie Free Public Library. The library was closed in 1963, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and now houses the Kangaroo & Kiwi.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1920, shows the Roxy Theatre (now the Majestic Bay), on NW Market Street. The marquee reads, “Walter Huston – Keep Em Rolling & Vodvil”, and $0.15 for a movie. Automobiles are parked on street in front.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1920, shows Julius Troberg’s home on Market Street, near 15th Avenue Northwest, next to a Seattle City Light substation.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1924, shows gasoline and service station located at Market Street and Leary Avenue Northwest. The owners were Clarence Hughbanks and Reuben Jasperson.


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Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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Mary Jean Gilman
Mary Jean Gilman

I like this feature. Thanks!