They have old King County Assessor records that date back to 1937 and up to about 1973. They usually have a little photograph of the old building that occupied the property. In some cases, the building is still there. Here's some things I've run across in my research.
This photo is from 1937. Little did this guy know, but the underground storage tanks he's standing over are probably leaking providing me with job security for future contamination cleanup.
This photo is also from 1937. This is just up the hill from downtown Seattle. This was a Japanese neighborhood at the time. The two children appear to be of Japanese ancestry. One of the children is holding a stop sign. No doubt this is a school crossing.
The old Wonder Bread Bakery in 1937.
An old farmstead in Renton from 1937.
I'm sure you can find records of old places in the Cascades at the Archives. It helps to have a tax lot parcel number when making a request.
You can request black-and-white prints from the Archives, too. I think I paid something like $16 for an approx 12x16 photo of my house, taken in the 1930s. It's fun to see what it looked like back then.
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