Historical Map: Kroll’s Standard Map of Seattle, 1914 

As Seattle continues with its expansion of light rail (East Link, University Link) and streetcar (Capitol Hill streetcar), here’s a look back at the city 99 years ago. This isn’t a transit map per se — rather, it’s a map of the city that also happens to show the transit network in no uncertain terms. The thick dark lines that traverse the city like veins are all streetcars, cable cars and interurban trains. Main line trains are shown by more conventional “railway line” ticked strokes — these travel to King Street Station (still in use by Amtrak and Sounder trains today) and the adjacent Union Station, which now houses the offices for Sound Transit. View a full-size version of the map here.

(Source: Rob Ketcherside/Flickr)

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    What’s interesting is that, almost a century after most of these lines died and were ripped out (forming Seattle’s...
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    wow the streets have changed a lot in the last century also the shorelines
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    One of the best things I encountered during my time in Seattle was the public transit system. I stayed over 45 minutes...
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    Hey Im in Seattle right now! And totally just saw this map at a store here!!