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“Skid Road” came into the English language because a Seattle founder named Henry Yesler built a sawmill on the Puget Sound shore and used horse teams to pull old growth fir trees down an ancient native American footpath to the front door of his mill. Soon, the road that led to Yesler’s mill became home to rickety buildings lived in by the out-of-plumb citizens drunks, prostitutes, miners, gamblers, cutthroat businessmen and people so shattered by where and how they lived that they could only stare straight ahead. If you saw the HBO Series Deadwood, you saw Seattle in the 1860s and 1870s.
Seattle’s funky artsy Fremont neighborhood is evolving with high tech injections in an already high tech city. The community has about 14,000 residents and for its annual Solstice Parade welcomes about 100,000 visitors. It was a blue-collar neighborhood in the 1940s and 50s, artsy-bohemian in the 1960s through 80s, and high-tech hipster from the 1990s to today. This walk traverses a quiet residential neighborhood as well as a vibrant commercial district, and includes a long and moderately steep hill.