Much hay has been made about the new Target store that will be built downtown on Second Avenue between Pike and Union streets near Pike Place Market. Will it help cut crime? Will it ruin the Market's local-oriented atmosphere? Will it be better than a Walmart? Undoubtedly, Seattle's relationship with big-box stores is complicated. And judging by the demise of the city's first Target-esque store, fate is not always kind to such establishments.
Vintage Seattle posts a photo today of Plummers General Store taken in 1860, which was located about 10 blocks south of the Market, and the future Target home, on First Avenue South and Main Street.
It burned to the ground during the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. MOHAI has more here.