By Jane Davies
To celebrate Preservation Month from home, we have launched Heart This Place – a new blog series from Historic Seattle staff. Each post will feature a different place that is significant to a member of our staff. Next up, Director of Finance & Administration Jane Davies’ poem for the Tractor Tavern in Ballard:
The Tractor Tavern
Built in nineteen hundred and two
On the historic street, Ballard Avenue
At a time when shingles were the jam
And Ballard’s population was about 10 grand.
New Melody Tavern came before,
From the 40s until around ’94,
The Tractor Tavern then took the stage
And today it is still all the rage.
When again it opens up its door
Let’s meet at the Tractor Tavern once more
Rich in history, music and booze
With a night at the Tractor, you just can’t lose.
Above photo: Jane Davies
Featured photo: A historic image of the Tractor Tavern building, courtesy of the Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives (via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer)