Before East-West passage was blasted out of a serpentine hill 60 ft high, there was Kentucky Place...
This connector lane between 3rd St (then Kentucky), Tennessee St and Minnesota St existed only on historic maps for the past century, until a new development brought a stretch of it back into existence.
It was one of those oddities typical to our neighborhood not seen in other more "official" parts of the city: The thoroughfare was once fenced and gated by the Reiss family who owned it in the 1880s. They closed the gates for only a few days each year to get around a statute that said that land used by the public continuously for five years would become public property.
Now partially reopened (and not gated) the new cut-through offers a rotating art display, plantings, places to sit and to gather--safely.
Visit dogpatchna.org/scavenger-hunt to join the community fun as our gift to you during this year's "holidays at home" Shelter in Place.