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 Pier Full of Awesome

 
Residents of Seattle once looked across Elliot Bay at a glowing beacon of pure fun. Starting in 1907 you could take a trolley or ferry to West Seattle and enjoy the attractions at Luna Park, named after the original on Coney Island. The park had two Vaudeville theaters, the Great Figure Eight Roller Coaster, the Giant Whirl ride, and indoor water attraction called the Natatorium and rotating attractions from baby incubators to the amazing Ostrich Man. The buildings were completely outlined with thousands of electric lights.

But, it didn’t last long. After numerous injuries to patrons and the growing influence of the temperance movement the park was shut down and dismantled after just seven year in 1913, leaving only a few lonely pilings you can still see at low tide and the remnants of the Natatorium’s foundation which became part of Anchor Park.



 

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