About thirty-two years separates the 1880 snow scene from this look east on what was at the time called the “Cherry Street Canyon.” In those three decades Seattle had grown – boomed – from less than four thousand citizens to more than 225 thousand. The north facade of the Lowman Building is on the right. The Hoge building towers on the left and beyond it right of center is the city’s first steel-framed skyscraper, the Alaska Building at the southeast corner of Cherry and Second Avenue.

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