Hitching Posts and Stepping Stones

Back in the day when horsepower referred to equine engines, many homes around Seattle had hitching posts and stepping stones. Very few of these remain.

Stuart Stepping StoneIn fact, I know of only one stepping stone, the place where you would step out of your carriage and onto a raised block of stone. That one is on Capitol Hill at Fourteenth Ave E. and E. Valley St., on a street known as Millionaire’s Row. This stepping stone stood in front of the house of Elbridge Amos Stuart, the man who started the Carnation Evaporated Milk Company. They’re the ones with the famous slogan about contented cows.

IMG_2542Regarding hitching posts, the one I know of is just south on Fourteenth, on the west side of the street. Both the post and step look to be made of Index Granite, one of the local building stones used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Seattle.

I suspect that there are more of each. If you know of any, please let me know. Thanks.

Since I wrote this, I have found two more stepping stones, both on 22nd Avenue E. They are in front of the house on the northwest corner of Prospect and the one north of that house. I also found another hitching post. It’s in front of the Frye Museum and came from the house of Charles and Emma Frye.