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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

May 19, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Seattle’s last corner newstand still standing

gantnewstand051309m.jpgMay 13, 3:50 p.m. [View larger] [Map]
Every time I walk by the blue-metal newstand on Third and Pike I wonder if it’s open or closed. As it turns out, Benjamin Gant (above), who bought it in 2002 for $3,000, is in the process of restoring the stand. He said he has all the permits he needs to reopen this summer with a new structure in place. Gant is looking forward to that. He hardly fits through the door now. “I’m like a pickle in a jar in there,” he said.
The history of the stand goes back to the late 1910s, when it was opened by local labor-rights activist Frank Turco. It was a wooden stand you could drive through to buy your newspaper. The current one has been in this location since 1972. It was painted brown at one time, matching the colors of the Ross store next to it.
Gant has a website where you can find more information about the last corner newstand still standing in Seattle.
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