Then And Now: You Wouldn’t Even Recognize Seattle, Washington, From 100 Years Ago

Seattle 1910

Circa 1910. Image Source: Wikipedia (en)

Before Seattle, Wash., was famous for the Space Needle, the Seahawks and legal recreational marijuana, it garnered acclaim for being the “boomtown” of the West. The figures back up its nickname: Between 1900 and 1910, the city’s population grew 194 percent from 80,671 to 237,194. With population came urbanization, and soon Seattle was the home of the tallest building west of the Mississippi for more than four decades after they built the L.C. Smith building in 1914.

Population booms continued over the 20th century with the rise of highways and automobiles. And today, with a population of over 650,000 people, the Emerald City continues to be a boomtown of the West.

Seattle Now

2008. Image Source: Flickr

For more photos comparing the past and the present, check out what Washington Square Park looked like before the skyscrapers, or what New York City looked like before street lights.

Nickolaus Hines
Nickolaus Hines is a freelance writer in New York City. He graduated from Auburn University, and his recent bylines can be found at Men's Journal, Inverse, and Grape Collective.
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