Friday, November 19, 2010

Photo Analysis: What Roads are These?


We recently got a call from someone who purchased Images of America: Issaquah, WA, a pictorial history of Issaquah that we published several years ago. He was fascinated with this picture, and called to see if we could help him figure out what roads are pictured (one runs straight from left to right, and the other curves through the lower left of the frame).

Our catalog notes indicate tht the picture was taken in September of 1943 by William Conway. The picture was taken from Squak Mountain. In the center of the picture is Tibbett's & Sutter's gravel pit. The straight road in the background is Highway 10, and the house at right (in distance) is probably the Barlow Farm.

But as the caller and I looked at the picture, we both agreed that if the two roads in the image were Highway 10 and Newport Way, than the photo must have been taken from Tiger Mountain. Right?

On the other hand... another note in the catalog indicates that the image might be reversed, and the original image might look more like this:

What do you think?

3 comments:

  1. Looks like the bottom picture was taken from Cougar Mountain looking NE - Hiway 10 on left, Newport Way on right.

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  2. If it had been taken from Tiger Mtn., you'd be looking at Lk. Sammammish rather than the gravel pits. The second photo looks more accurate with Hwy. 10 through the middle and Newport on the right.
    There was another road. I've never seen it outside of a map, but it went towards the cemetery but appears to continue to the other side of the hill... possibly to the mines?

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  3. If you enlarge the photo a lot and focus on the skeleton of the black tree on the left, you'll notice that there's a cougar in the tree.

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