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January 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM

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Postcards from the past: Seattle skyline, 1913


The Seattle skyline from the King Street coal bunkers in 1913, the year the Smith Tower's steel frame was finished. When Smith Tower opened the following year, on July 4, 1914, it was the fourth-tallest building in the world at 42 stories, 522 feet tall. The towers of St. James Cathedral can be seen on First Hill in the distance.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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