Summit and Dale Then and Now
An intersection of two streets that appear to be named after features in the land that I just don’t see. Dale Street began appearing on maps as the western boundary of the city in 1871. Summit Avenue ends and begins at the top of a hill or bluff, but for almost all of it’s length the land is flat as a pancake. Summit dates back to the early 1850s. The Hill District began to grow in the 1880s after city water service was provided in 1884 and a cable car line built on Selby Avenue in 1887 connected the area to downtown. In 1890 the district became a fashionable place to live after the city’s first streetcars began operating a couple blocks south on Grand Avenue.