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Cornerspotter: A House and a Highway in 1955

Written by Sarah Anne Lloyd

Cornerspotter is the Curbed Seattle feature in which we show you a historical photo taken somewhere in the city and you identify the location. Impress fellow Curbed readers with your knowledge by leaving guesses in the comments or send them to our tipline: seattle@curbed.com. We'll post the answer on Friday. And hey: no cheating!


Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

This spot, pictured in 1955, might be a little tricky to guess from the photo alone, especially since the house pictured isn't there anymore, which may or may not have something to do with that slide in the front yard. While the house to the right, which is still standing, might not be especially helpful, that bridge in the background might be. Given its location, it's likely a former part of U.S. Route 10, which would be replaced by a different highway not long after this photo was taken.

Need a bigger hint? One of the intersecting roads on this corner was Empire Way — longtime Seattle residents will know the road's current (and timely!) name.