A very interesting history of Seattle. I lived in Seattle from 1955 to 58 while I was finishing up at the U of W. It got me to thinking of how some things were when I was living there.
The Rivanna Blvd. crater appeared. A huge sewer collapsed and took out a big section of the
street. There were major problems getting it fixed.
I Believe the Smith Tower was still the tallest building in town.
The city was still dumping garbage on the edge of Lake Washington where the ball parks north of the stadium
are now. We played intermural football next to the dump. Shared fields with the seagulls and their droppings.
The Kalakala was still operating. As kids we would see it occasionally as it cruised by Whidbey Island.
The freeway had not started yet. Alaska Way viaduct and 99 was the main route thru town.
The Gas Works was not yet a park.
Boeing rolled out the first 707 in Renton. It got the U.S. into the jet age. Tex Johnson did a slow roll in it while
over the Seafair races. He said it was safe but was told not to do it again.
B-52s were being test flown out of Boeing Field.
Miss Thriftway and the Slo Mos were at the top of the unlimited hydroplane racers. I washed trucks at the
Thriftway warehouse at the south end of Boeing Field. I got to see Miss Thriftway up close on its trailer, and
hear them test the engines. There were crates of Allison engines on the loading dock.
Here are a few more Seattle history notes that are worth checking out if you are interested.
Ft Lawton, now Discovery Park
Sand Point NAS, now Magnuson Park
Seattle Rainers baseball team
Sicks Seattle stadium
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center name origination
All have an interesting past
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