Washington February 23, 2016
10 Things You Can’t Do In Washington Anymore… But Wish You Could
Washington has changed a lot throughout the years. We’ve seen many different businesses come and go, as well as a number of old landmarks and icons that just aren’t around these days. If you’ve lived in the Northwest for some time, here are 10 things you may remember that you won’t be able to enjoy anymore:
1. Going shopping at Frederick & Nelson.
This department store chain was first based in Seattle. By 1980, it had expanded to 10 stores in Washington and Oregon, but they eventually went out of business by 1992. Ironically, their former Seattle flagship building is now occupied by the flagship Nordstrom store.
2. Seeing a game at the Kingdome.
This was the old home of the Mariners and the Seahawks. In 2000, it was completely demolished by implosion and replaced with our current stadiums, CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field.
3. Or rooting for the Sonics.
The Seattle Supersonics played as our state's basketball team from 1967-2008. After their season in 2008, the team was relocated to Oklahoma City, which left fans everywhere disappointed. There are still plenty of petitions you can sign attempting to bring them back.
4. Going to Santafair in Federal Way.
Just south of Seattle, this amusement park was located where you can now find the site of the Commons (or SeaTac) Mall. It was open during the '60s and '70s, offering dozens of attractions like the famous Stratoboggan rollercoaster. This photo represents the approximate location of where Santafair Amusement Park once stood.
5. Visiting Natatorium Park in Spokane.
For more than 75 years, this was the place to be in Spokane. It first began as a trolley park, and served as a memorable amusement park up until its final season in 1967.
6. Watching JP Patches on KIRO TV.
Chris Wedes portrayed the clown on this children's show on KIRO Channel 7 twice a day every weekday for 23 years (even on Saturdays) from 1958-1981. The famous entertainer passed away recently in 2012.
7. Shopping at the Bellevue Square outside.
Bellevue Square has evolved over the years from an exciting outdoor mall to the first-class indoor shopping center it is today. Nearby, there also used to be Lollipop Park, which was an amusement park that was every kids dream. It was eventually closed by the early '80s.
8. Going bowling at Sunset Bowl in Ballard.
This famous, long-standing establishment was open for over five decades before recently shutting their doors in 2008. It was one of the very few bowling alleys still left in the Seattle area.
9. Drinking a Rainier or Olympia Beer that was brewed locally.
The Olympia Brewing Company existed in Tumwater from 1896-1983, until they were sold to Pabst in Los Angeles. Rainier Brewing was also sold to Pabst, although they
they'll be returning to their home state of Washington for the first time in over a decade.
10. Finding a burger in Seattle that only cost .55.
Dog House was a local favorite on the corner of 7th Ave and Bell St downtown. They closed their doors for good in 1994, but the delicious food from here is still missed dearly. Please note that the photo is The Dog House Tavern in Langley, not the Dog House mentioned.
Do you remember any of these? What are some other things you wish you could still do in Washington? Add to this list below.