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The First Buildings In Fremont

By Sean Keeley · January 26th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Recently we heard all about where Fremont got its name from. But how did Fremont literally start? In other words, what was the first building in all of Fremont?

Believe it or not, it was not a Thai restaurant. It was the Occidental Hotel (maybe…it could just be an advert for the hotel as well).

Courtesy of the Asahel Curtis Collection, this photo comes to us as part of the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection, which is chock-a-block with cool photos of early Seattle.

They didn’t have Yelp back then so there’s no way to tell how good of a hotel it was or whether or not there was a Starbucks in the lobby.

Check out some more Fremont-related photos in the collection including some old-timey photos of B.F. Day School and Fremont’s first post office in 1890. My personal favorite is the photo of these lunatics ice skating on Lake Union. Who wants to give that a try next time it ices over?

Check out the whole collection and take a trip back to a simpler time, before Seattle needed superheroes.

H/T: Tom




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