The Most Desirable Place

Ballard station sign
photo by Ballard Avenue

Well, at one time this was a pretty hot spot. Ballard had its own station on the Great Northern (now BNSF) Railway line. Passenger trains would stop here and freights would roll by all day long. But the passenger trains stopped stopping and the station building was moved nearby to serve as someone's home. All we have now is a metal building for railway stuff and this sign. There was once talk of building a commuter rail station just up the line from here, but as always, it's Ballard's fate to pay for things—in this case a useless commuter transit agency—that it gets no benefit from.