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Transit Map of Seattle, 1948 | by Rob Ketcherside
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Transit Map of Seattle, 1948

Please leave a comment if you see something interesting.


Bus lines are drawn in red, with their numbers.


The owner made a number of alterations by hand.

- Campus Parkway has been drawn in, which opened in June of 1950.

- Boren's extension to Rainier has been added, which opened in 1949.

- The extension of NW Market uphill to 46th has been drawn in blue ink, as well as the #30 drawn in red pencil on top. The 30 has been scratched out on its former route along the edge of Woodland Park.

- Union Station and King Street Station have been shaded in pencil.

- Ferry lines have been added in the large map in pencil, and in the small map in red pen.

- Cemeteries have been shaded green.

- Most confusingly, a number of pencil circles filled with green have been added in residential areas around the city.

- And a conspicuous arrow pointing to 1820 Lakeview Boulevard has been drawn on. North (now Broadway E) has been added. This seems to be an empty lot.


The green dots and arrow are a complete mystery to me. I'd love to figure it out.


Perhaps a clue... I found one correction in the accompanying text. The name of the reverend for Richmond Beach Congregational Church has been crossed out and corrected to F. G. Forrester. Rev. Forrester was at Richmond Beach by at least mid 1947.


Is there a connection between the church correction and the green dots?


(Apologies for distortion, this was scanned in pieces and automatically stitched together. It comes from the 1948 Seattle Map and City Guide.)

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Taken on October 9, 2010