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Green Lake, ca. 1900

What do you think? (4 Comments) March 18, 2012 at 5:29PM

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) posted the following ca. 1900 photograph on its blog today:

Green Lake, Seattle, ca. 1900

Caption on border: Asahel Curtis, Commercial Photographer, 625 Colman Block, Seattle.

Handwritten on mount: View across Greenlake [sic] ca. 1900. Church – Greenlk. Cong.?

Photographer: Asahel Curtis

Image Date: ca. 1900

4 Responses to “Green Lake, ca. 1900”

  1. seattler0cks says:

    Of course, you’ve seen this image before, showing the same side of the lake (east side):

    just five years before when the sawmill was still in use.  The house on the far left in the older photo can also be seen in the 1900 photo.  I believe today’s Greenlake Bar & Grill would be located somewhere to the right of the church structure, which appears to be very near where The Great Hall/Mockingbird Books are located today. I assume those poles running along the shore of the lake are for the trolley that ran (nearly) around the lake in 1900.

  2. seattler0cks says:

    Just six years after Curtis took the color photo you displayed he took some photos of Green Lake from the east side, looking west, in a panorama. This photo:

    looks towards the north side of the lake.  Note the church on the left – the same one that appears in your color image.  I believe today’s wading pool would be in the area of the shoreline in the middle/right of the photo (the water level is now much lower than it was then). 

    Meanwhile, this photo:

    shows the south side of the lake.  That’s Green Lake School in the middle of the photo.  Note the trolley coming around the bend on the track.  On the far side of the lake you can see the trestle that use to carry the trolley over the water as it headed south, just east of today’s Aurora.  Finally, unless I’m mistaken, I believe that’s today’s 65th running up the hill on the upper right of the photo. 

    Just a decade before virtually all of the land around the lake was forested or logged, but almost completely barren of development.  Once the lake became accessible by train, all of that changed in a very short period of time.  Some of the homes that appear in these old photos still stand today.