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Yesler Way is an east–west street in Seattle named for Henry Yesler East–west streets in Seattle south of Yesler Way are prefixed “South”;3 avenues are suffixed with “South” as they cross Yesler Way4 The street originates at Alaskan Way on the downtown Seattle waterfront and runs east through Yesler Terrace, the Central District, and Leschi to just east of 32nd Avenue, where the arterial route switches to Lake Dell Avenue A short residential segment of East Yesler Way, which it turns into east of Broadway, exists to the west of Lake Washington Boulevard


Westbound on Yesler Way as it crosses over I-5

In the 1850s, when freshly cut logs were sent down the steep street, the street was referred to as Skid Road, which became genericized as Skid Row in other cities5


  1. ^ Dorpat, Paul October 8, 2015 "Check out Seattle’s building boom of 1883" The Seattle Times Retrieved December 5, 2015 
  2. ^ Google December 5, 2015 "Yesler Way" Map Google Maps Google Retrieved December 5, 2015 
  3. ^ Crowley, Walt; Dorpat, Paul 1998 "Navigating Downtown" National Trust Guide, Seattle: America’s Guide for Architecture and History Travelers New York: John Wiley & Sons p 22 ISBN 978-0-471-18044-9 LCCN 97-34627 OCLC 37527608 OL 687664M avenues south of Yesler Way are followed by ‘South’    Streets south of Yesler Way bear the prefix ‘South’  
  4. ^ Durham, Scott May 31, 2010 "Key to Central District street addresses" Central District News Seattle Archived from the original on September 28, 2015 Retrieved December 5, 2015 The north/south streets become suffixed with ‘South’ when they are south of Yesler Way    East/west streets that are south of Yesler Way are prefixed with ‘South’  
  5. ^ Morrison, Patt March 24, 1987 "Original ‘Skid Road’: Homeless Add a Sad Note to Gentrified Seattle Area" Los Angeles Times ISSN 0458-3035 Archived from the original on October 25, 2015 Retrieved December 5, 2015 Yesler Way—the nation’s original ‘Skid Row’    Skid Road was christened here in the 1850s, when logs were ‘skidded’ by horses, mules or oxen down the steep, timber‑lined path to Henry Yesler’s thriving sawmill on Elliott Bay 

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