I've always been a fan of Paul Dorpat's "Now & Then" feature in the Seattle Times. I noticed a guy in the UK was making composited cross-time images by matching Google's Street View with vintage photos, so I made some of my own -- though I sometimes take my own "now" photos to improve alignment. It's been fun to time travel and think about people and events that happened in our region's past. All images can be clicked to see them at full size.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Glamorous Mirage

Want to catch that great new band The Sonics? How about The Wailers? It's a generic Walgreen's today, but this site in Des Moines off Highway 99 is where the Spanish Castle ballroom once stood. Built in 1931 and demolished in 1968, Jimi Hendrix played some of his earliest gigs there. His song "Spanish Castle Magic" refers to the venerable venue. The building was just stucco and neon, but it had a great look at night in the late 1930's photo (bottom).


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