Then & Now: 8th Ave NW & NW 58th Street

The black & white photo, courtesy Anna Jensen Kvam, was taken between 1903 & 1934 and appears in the book, Passport to Ballard, and is from the photo collection of Paul Dorpat.

The photo is undated, but we are able to assign an approximate date based on two factors. In 1903 the “Cow Ordinance” went into effect making it illegal for cows to roam freely. Then in 1934, our neighborhood became a construction zone when the city started grading and paving the dirt roads.  Since the cow is leashed and the road is dirt, we have an approximate date.

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Then & Now:  Looking north from the corner of 8th Ave NW & NW 58th Street

The location is approximate because there were too few data points for me to confirm the exact location. The first aerial photos of our neighborhood were taken in 1936, and by this date 8th Ave NW had been graded, widen and paved. One home in the original photo is still standing at 5816 8th Ave NW. Today the home is almost completely covered by trees and shrubs and barely visible in the photos.

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The photo is of Jesse Jensen, who once lived at 330 NW 51st Street. Jesse was Anna Jensen Kvam’s father.  A 1967 Seattle Times article (see: JENSEN, K – April 9, 1967 – Seattle Times), describes Jesse as a “dairy farmer” and also as owning a “plastering business”.

If you believe you have additional information to help confirm this photos location, date or subjects, let me know. I would love to see how close I came to the exact information!

Thank you to my husband and sweet baby boy for humoring me on Sunday morning and walking up and down 8th Ave NW in order to figure out the approximate location.

Note:  This essay was corrected and rewritten on June 14, 2017.  The original post incorrectly identified the person in the photo as Rasmus P. Jensen.  Also, Anna Kvam’s last name has been corrected.  

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One thought on “Then & Now: 8th Ave NW & NW 58th Street

  1. This is just wonderful, thank you for your detective work. Reading of your patrol on 8th made me laugh. Last weekend I went to the Fremont Historical Society meeting and on the way, I tried to find the location of the John Ross house which was at 619 NW 42nd Street……I wandered…..had an interesting time on the back streets along the canal between 3rd and 8th. I started at Two Shoe BBQ and worked eastward! Had no idea where I was but fortunately I came out at Fremont.

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