Gleaming South Lake Union apartments stand on the site of an early Seattle dump

THEN: A city dump was created at the southwest corner of Lake Union in 1914, a year before this photo was taken. (Courtesy Museum of History & Industry)

THEN: A city dump was created at the southwest corner of Lake Union in 1914, a year before this photo was taken. (Courtesy Museum of History & Industry)

WHEN THIS “THEN” photo is enlarged, I count 18 teamsters grouped with their trash wagons across the pond, looking directly at the photographer, most likely James Lee. For many years, Lee was the photographer for the city’s Public Works Department: our own municipal photographer. Here, Lee looks northwest through the block bordered by Valley and Aloha streets, and Eighth and Dexter avenues. That solitary motorcar parked at the corner of Dexter and Aloha (upper left) might well be Lee’s.

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