“The Stones Came to Ballard” is the fifteenth poem in our 2013 book, “Sucia Dawn”, available on iBooks and Amazon.com. The poem is inspired by a statue in a neighborhood in north Seattle, Washington.
The title of the statue is “Waiting for the Interurban” in the Fremont district. Yes they have been dressed up in colorful clothing that will neither embarrass nor discomfort them. According to Google Earth, it is at 700 N 34th Street, the intersection of Fremont Avenue N and N 34th Street or 47 degrees 38’57.86” N 122 degrees 20’58.05” W, 17 meters elevation and this imagery is dated in September of 2011. Clearly, these images are the property of Google and Google earth.
Perhaps the poem should have been called, “The Stones Came to Fremont” since the statue is actually at the north end of the Fremont Bridge. The Seattle Space Needle is a fairly iconic landmark and no one has seemed to feel the need to ask where that is located, but apparently Ballard is not as well known, nor is the statue pictured along with the poem.
Now you know. Thank you for the question.
If you are interested in more about “Waiting for the Interurban” you can visit Fremont’s Chamber web page on the statue at “Fremont, Seattle – Center of the Universe”
UPDATE: Here are two more screen grabs from 2016, the top is from Bing Maps, (C) Microsoft, and the bottom from Google Maps, (C) Google.