The Cherry in Cherry St.
came A.W. Piper, the proprietor of the Puget Sound Candy
Manufactory and confections shop.

Understandably, Piper was popular on account of his sweets,
but also for his cartoons and generally good humor.   Piper
was also the first socialist on the Seattle City Council,
although not the last.  For the costume ball Piper came
dressed as Yesler, and the resemblance was so convincing
that Henry returned to his home, which was nearby at the
James Street end of the same block, and made a sign, which
he carried back to the party hanging from his neck.  It read,
“The Real Henry Yesler.”  Also nearby, in their big orchard,
where since 1914 has stood the City-County Building, Sarah
and Henry Yesler included among their fruit bearing trees,
cherries.  And one of the popular confections seasonally
offered out of Piper’s “factory” was his cherry pies, which
may well have been filled with Yesler’s cherries.  Cherry
Street, however, was named for neither Yesler’s trees nor
Piper’s pies.  Although the taciturn Arthur Denny did not
explain it, the street is most likely Denny’s allusion to the
town of Cherry Grove, Illinois.  From there the Denny Party
began its long trek to Puget Sound in the spring of 1851.
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1.  Seattle
2.  1880
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Quiz #242 Results
Cherry and First Sts., Seattle
Google Street View
Cherry St., Downtown Seattle
Google Maps Satellite View
How Milene Solved the Puzzle
I initially thought of Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "The Long
Winter" and was looking around in the midwest in 1869.  
Then I blew up the picture and searched Yesler Hall.  I found
this "In 1869, Yesler Hall is built to be used for community
meetings and events. Located at the southeast corner of
Cherry Street and Front Street (later renamed 1st Avenue), it
becomes the first community hall built in Seattle for this
purpose." and this photograph was there with the caption
"Downtown Seattle looking east on Cherry Street from Front
(1st Avenue), Yesler Hall on right, January 1880"
I can't take screen shots with my computer so I can't take a
shot of the Google maps shot looking up Cherry Street.  I
will try some other pics I found.
Answer to Quiz #242
January 24, 2010
We received quite a few great pictures of the intersection of Cherry & First Sts.
in Seattle from our readers.  Many of them are shown below.
G'job everyone!
Earliest photo of Cherry St., Seattle from 1875, and what it looks like today.
Views of Yesler Wharf from the rear of the Peterson Bros Photography studio at
the foot of Cherry Street.
Cherry St. Skyline
Looking east on Cherry St. from Front St. (First Ave.)
1880 Big Snow looking north on Commercial Street (First Ave. S.)
from Main Street
9 shows the difference in elevation
looking up at Seattle while near the
harbor.  I think that is the elevated
Alaskan freeway that goes through
downtown Seattle.  The skyline view is
spectacular.                    - Judy Pfaff
15 is at Harbor Steps
downtown which looks up
First Ave. a few streets north
of Cherry Street.  The view
today is quite different in any
direction from that in 1880.
              - Judy Pfaff
I googled Cherry St. and 5th avenue on gogggle maps.  They only brought up 10!
which turned out to be only 8.  I went to each and looked at the view from 1st Ave to
5th Ave.  It could only be Seattle. Then I googled snow storms in Seattle.  Initially, I
opted for 1950 (having ruled out 1880 - how many cameras existed at that time?) but
then i saw the exact picture claiming 1880.  [I liked this one - not impossibly difficult;
not terribly easy either. Thanks!]                                                   
 Debbie Johnson

I'm coming out of lurking to identify this photo as Seattle, Washington, 1880.  This is
probably cheating, but I recognized the Yesler name on the right margin of the picture
and "googled" Seattle Snowstorms. This took me to the delightful blog of Seattle
resident Paul Dorpat and the history of the few large snowstorms that have happened in
                                                                            Sue Edminster

I recognized the street names right away as I had lived in Seattle, Washington during
the 1960s and still a occasional visitor. I googled Seattle snowstorm Jan., 1880 and
came up with the contest photo. I then inputted 101 Cherry St. 98104-2205 on
mapquest to get a current street photograph. I think the oldest building in that area
would be the Smith Tower, a short distance away on First Street, built after 1880.
                                                                                          Mike Dalton
Yesler Hall looked like a good place to start, as indeed it turned out to be, pinpointing
Seattle. Tried Seattle Blizzard, the most reasonable of which seemed to be 1916. I
nearly submitted that, but felt that the picture had an older feel to it, and I wanted some
kind of confirmation. Digging deeper (as it were), I came upon "The Great Snow of
1880." That felt right, matched the phrase under the picture, and I soon found a nearly
identical shot dated January 1880. Confirmation is a good thing. So are feelings.
                                                                                          Peter Norton
Snow up to 4' deep!  Holy cow!  And no power equipment to move it.
                                                                                       Evan Hindman
Although easy puzzles are less work ... now whatever will I do for entertainment the
rest of the week?  Heh,heh!!                                                          
Elaine C. Hebert

I used the note about Yesler's Hall to identify it as Seattle. I have spent a lot of time in
Seattle but have never seen it like this.                                                 
James Baker

The Quizkids loved this! Being in Florida, none of them knew that snow could block
streets and keep kids home from school!!!!                   
Mr. Rick and His Quiz Kids

I've been in Mexico for a family vacation - trying to get away from conditions depicted
in the photo quiz this week. The picture is a great photo journal with all the labels and
notations.Family albums would be so much more meaningful to future generations if,
once in awhile, we wrote down details about some of the photos - not only people but
places, as well. The photo is from Seattle Wash., in 1880. Current photos of the area
would show sky-scrpers, according to Google Earth but I found none from the same
view point.                                                                                          
Don Draper
Yesler Wharf in 1880, from near Cherry Street. Steamer Geo. E. Starr being
built in Hammond ship yard, about where Cherry and Post streets now are, or
would be if Cherry were extended.
1.  What city is this?
2,  What year did this happen?
Bonus:  Send me a picture of this view of the street today.
Send it to
Looking Up Cherry St.
Comments from Our Readers
For More Historic Pictures of Seattle by Thomas Prosch
Written on bottom of page: Cherry
Street from First to Fifth Avenue, in
the great snow of January, 1880. The
depth was three to four feet, in some
places more. Much damage was done.

Left Side: A.C. Anderson on Fourth.
J.R. Lewis, on Third. Horton's vacant
lots. Three belonging to H.B. Bagley
west of Second. Chris Schuerman, on
For our quiz on the Smith Tower, see
Cherry St.
GoogleEarth M. C. Escher Version
Cherry St. and Second Ave.
with a view of the Smith Tower
Submitted by long time Quizmaster Dave Doucette.
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Daniel E. Jolley                Lindsay MacKenzie
Janice Sellers                Susan Fortune
Mary Osmar                Mike Dalton
Edee Scott                Debbie Sterbinsky
Diane Burkett                Marilyn Hamill
Justin Campoli                Milene Rawlinson
Lynda Snider                Ben Truwe
Susan Edminster                George E. Wright
Peter Norton                Judy Pfaff
Suzan Farris                Carole Cropley
Carl Blessing                Evan Hindman
Tricia                Joshua Kreitzer
Debbie Johnson                Jim Kiser
JoLynn Pfeiffer                Shirley Ferguson
Nancy Lear                Emily Wise
Dennis Brann           Wayne Douglas
Elaine C. Hebert                James F. Baker
Amanda Klecker                Alan Lemm
Teresa Yu                Joe McCabe
Margaret Waterman                Nicole Blank
Don Draper                Michael Adan
Sandy McConathy                Beth Long
Gary Sterne                Betty Chambers
Tom Tollefsen                Robert W. Steinmann, Jr.
Looking north on
Front Street (First
Avenue) from
Cherry St. during
the 1880 Big Snow.
Photo by Peterson
& Bros
A later view of Yesler Wharf.
Mapquest and GoogleEarth
Looking across Cherry St.
Cherry St. at Night
Cherry St., Downtown Seattle
Google Maps
Right Side: John Condon on Fifth. S.W. Russelt, First Baptist Church, on Fourth, T.S.
Russel, on Third. L.V. Wyckoff on Second. Yesler Hall on First. In all 61 inches of
snow fell in that storm, and 102 inches during 1880.
The Original Photo
There is a...cherry connection
within the 1880 view [used
for this week's quiz photo].  
On its right side is Henry
Yesler’s famous hall at the
southeast corner of First and
Cherry.  This was the most
popular pioneer venue for
theater, lectures, banquets,
variety, and community
parties.  To one of these
parties, a costume ball, once
Personal Photos of Long Time Quizmaster Judy Pfaff
700 First Ave, Seattle