Seattle's Terry Avenue
Views of the Former Northern Pacific Industrial Tracks
at the South End of Lake Union
James E. Lancaster
Photos on this web page are the property of Alan Winston and James Lancaster.
They are Copyright 2009 and may not be used without permission.
During the 1990s Alan Winston built a large web site named Seattle Spur and Spot. The web site documented what Alan called "loose car railroading" serving local industries.
One of the locations Alan documented was the NP trackage along and near Terry Avenue at the south end of Lake Union. Terry Avenue was reached by a line that came east from Interbay along the south side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, under the Aurora Bridge, then south-southeast along the west side of Lake Union. Click here to view a reconstructed version of Alan's original Terry Avenue web page.
This web page provides a comparison of many of Alan Winston's photos and captions from the 1990s with photos I took along Terry Avenue in May 2001. It starts at the south end of the track, just north of Denny Way, and works north to Lake Union (the original Seattle Spur and Spot page goes all the way to Interbay). I wish to thank Alan for giving his permission to include his photos and captions.
Photo 1a. This view is similar to Photo 1 but was taken from a point closer to Denny Way, the street coming down the hill from the left. Across Denny Way on the left is the building with a large roll-up door where the track once ended. Previously identified as a Frederick & Nelson warehouse, a March 1951 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map identified the building as Wm. Volker & Co., a manufacturer of linoleum and window shades. The building on the right with the Quito(n) name was identified on the Sanborn map as a Frederick & Nelson warehouse, including repairing and upholstering. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 2a. The view in this photo is similar to that in Photo 2 but it was taken from one block further north along Terry Avenue. The street trackage is visible going up the center of the street. The middle building on the left (where a trailer is far enough into the street to be over the rails) is Bunge Foods. A June 1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance map identified the large building just to the south of Bunge Foods as the Bon Marche Dept. Store General Merchandise Warehouse. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 7a. This view is similar to that in Photo 7. It looks north along Terry Avenue from the three-way switch shown in Photos 3 and 7. Photos 7b through 7e show details of the three-way switch and other street trackage. (James Lancaster photos)
Photo 8a. The diamond crossing of the two spurs, shown in Photo 8, is near the center of this photo. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 8b. Another view of the diamond crossing of the two spurs shown in Photo 8. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 8c. This view is looking south along Terry Avenue. The spur leading to the diamond crossing shown in Photo 8, curves to the left in this photo. Another spur curves to the right to a building just south of the freight house. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 9a. This is a similar view to Photo 9 but by 2001 the passenger cars that were on these spurs had been removed. The ex-freight house and ex-restaurant had been converted into an office building. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 9b. The truck loading dock on the west side of the former freight house had been replaced by a row of office windows by 2001. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 10a. The photo above, as well as Photos 10b and 10c, below, follow the spur shown in Photo 10 from the switch in Terry Avenue to where it curves around the brownish building. (James Lancaster photo)
Photo 12a. This is an opposite view to Photo 12. It looks north along Terry Avenue to Lake Union in the distance. The yellowish building on the left is the light-colored building on the right in Photo 12. (James Lancaster photo)
The final four photos show different loading doors along Terry Avenue in 2001. (James Lancaster photos)
Click Here to go to Jim Lancaster's Trains Page for a gallery of railroad photos.
Last Update: 12/3/09