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Seattle: 50 years at a time


Pike Place Market: Started in 1907, it is one of the last open-air markets in the United States. It was saved by civic leaders in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

King Street Station (1906) and Union Station (1915): The most visible evidence of the railroad's arrival and influence in Seattle.

Luna Park at Alki: Seattle's original amusement park, Luna Park opened in 1907 and stood on pilings, which still appear at extreme low tides. The last attraction at Luna Park, a saltwater bath house, burned in 1931.

Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.: 1932 Second Ave.: It was Seattle's elegant new venue when it opened in 1907 with a performance of "The Alaskan," a comic opera about the Klondike Gold Rush.

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition grounds: Seattle's first world's fair took place in 1909 on the then-14-year-old University of Washington campus. The pond and fountain remain, as well as what is now the Architecture Building (the AYPE Fine Arts Building) and Cunningham Hall (Women's Building).

Smith Tower: Dedicated in 1914, the building at Second Avenue and Jefferson Street was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

Sand Point Naval Air Station, now Magnuson Park: The Sand Point peninsula into Lake Washington was first settled in the 1860s, became King County's first airfield in the 1920s and was later used as a Naval Air Station.

Washington Park Arboretum: Created in 1936 by the famed Olmsted Brothers landscape-design firm, it was built on logged-over land donated by the Puget Mill Co.

Jackson Street: Talk about jazz in Seattle, and you'll have to bring up Jackson Street, which had a very active nightclub scene in the 1920s and 1930s. When the scene there faded, it didn't spell the end of jazz in the city. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, musicians moved from Jackson Street's bottle clubs into the new, racially integrated venues.

The Kalakala: This ferry was rebuilt at the Houghton Shipyards (now Carillon Point in Kirkland) in 1935 from the burned-out hull of the Peralta. The Kalakala carried passengers for decades and then went to Alaska, for what seemed like an eternal resting place as a fish-cleaning plant. But it was returned to Seattle for restoration and now is moored along Northlake. home
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