If you walk down West 9th towards the big blue Shoreway bridge (originally called the Main Avenue Bridge or Viaduct) and go a few feet past Lakeside Avenue, you can see these old worn down steps that go right into the National Terminal Apartment parking lot fence. Time for some research, I thought. I want to know what was there before the blacktop and who may have been walking up and down these. Was it a small business? Somebody’s home? Apartments? Cemetery? I needed to find out. The steps rest between the 1100 and 1200 addresses according to google maps and have got to be well over 100 years old. I need a photo. My search so far has only been online but thanks to the CSU photo archives I was able to find this!
It took a lot of searching but as soon as I saw this old pic I got a huge case of the heebie-jeebies! There it was! A building of some sorts! A house? Mansion? Still have no idea. I printed it out and ran down the street to get to the point where the photograph was originally taken. The photo was taken up a few floors above what is now Bob Golic’s Sports Bar on the corner of 6th and Lakeside. If you look real close you can see a little path from the building I have marked. That’s right where the steps are! So it’s not much, but at least it’s a start. Stay tuned for my next blog. Hopefully I’ll have uncovered some names and dates of this building. I believe there’s a reason for everything. Maybe these steps have something to say.