Another Englishman – or Nova Scotian of English descent – Guy Phinney arrived in Seattle in 1881. Like Hancocks of the zoo, the Phinney family also stays, and the “Big Guy” – at six-foot-three and 275 pounds – quickly became a big local real estate boomer. He purchased the crown of Phinney Ridge for his country estate (like an Englishman) and gave it the name it kept even after the city purchased it in 1899. Phinney installed his namesake trolley for friends and family on Fremont Avenue. It ran from Fremond to the southern entrance to Woodland Park, just north of 50th Street. Partly in reference to his own ample physique, Phinney’s white electric trolley car was popularly named the “White Elephant.”

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