Infrastructure was labor intensive in 1917. In this photo we see many hands working to grade Main Street at 4th Ave in Edmonds, WA.
By this time, Edmonds was already an incorporated town. People could come and go by train, passenger ferry and on graded roads like this one, which added ease and convenience for travelers.
The building seen here is on the northeast corner of the intersection, and still stands today.
To view more photos from the past, visit the online historic photo archive.