William O. Hunter and his wife Carol met at Shelton High School in rural Mason County, Washington, where William’s father had a dairy farm. William and Carol married in 1948 and they began taking the farmland into the next-generation of business development by growing and selling evergreen Christmas trees.
Currently there are four church buildings within the boundaries of northeast Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood from NE 75th to 95th Streets. Each church congregation has had different locations, buildings and names over the years. The patterns of use and naming show the changes in how these churches have interacted with the community.
On Sunday, November 22nd at 2 PM everyone is invited to come on a guided walk through northeast Seattle’s wonderful urban amenity, the Yesler Swamp Trail. The tour will be led by Professor Kern Ewing of the University of Washington’s Restoration Ecology Network. On the tour you will see the progress on building a boardwalk, and the native plant restoration work.
Meet at 2 PM at the east parking lot of the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street in Laurelhurst. There is a suggested donation of $15 which will go toward finishing the boardwalk. At 3 PM following the tour, everyone is invited to warm up with soup and cider at a neighborhood home.
Yesler Way in Seattle is named for Henry Yesler’s sawmill which was set up in 1853 at what is now Pioneer Square, and which was Seattle’s first economic entity. In the 1880’s, Yesler set up a sawmill at the present site of the Center for Urban Horticulture. In 1888 the nearby blocks were platted as the Town of Yesler. Yesler’s sawmill site in northeast Seattle was purchased from homesteader Joe Surber and later became the Laurelhurst neighborhood.
We may define “pioneers” as young people, perhaps single men or young couples, who journey out to unexplored lands to start new lives. The story of Seattle’s growth includes plenty of pioneer stories, but not just in the 1850’s and not only the adventures of young people. As Seattle grew, outlying “villages” of northeast Seattle were absorbed into its boundaries and even pioneers who were age 60+ made civic contributions to their adopted city.
This article will tell the story of the Kittredge family who came to Seattle in 1902. In those years northeast Seattle was a new frontier with little population or business activity. The Kittredge family were among those who helped promote the growth and development of the University District.
Project FeederWatch is a fun citizen science project that anyone can do. Set up a feeder, count birds, and report your sightings! New participants receive the FeederWatch Handbook & Instructions, a Common Feeder Birds poster, a Bird-Watching Days calendar, and Winter Bird Highlights — a summary of the exciting data that you helped to collect.
The vision of a city in the place where Seattle now stands was born in the heart of Arthur Denny, a 29-year-old surveyor in Knox County, Illinois in 1851. As a surveyor Denny knew that in unexplored regions, early-arriving settlers would have the best chance at getting the best land. He believed that the as-yet-undeveloped Pacific Northwest had great potential as a seaport and as a hub of railroad routes. Two years after his decision to head Out West, Arthur Denny helped found the City of Seattle and name its first streets.
In the autumn season when we see flocks of birds overhead, we know that cold weather is coming. The annual migration does not mean that all birds are leaving the Pacific Northwest, known for its mild winters. Some birds, including some kingfishers and even hummingbirds, will stay for the season.
There are a lot of great ways to follow bird activity all year round via local resources such as the Seattle Audubon Society, with its office at 8050 35th Ave NE in the Wedgwood neighborhood of northeast Seattle. Seattle Audubon birdwatching, photography and sketching classes are led by neighborhood residents, including photographer Joe Sweeney and sketcher Carleen Zimmerman.
Another fun way to follow the birds (while staying warm and cozy indoors!) is via on-line tracking sites. Birds Over Portland uses images from a doppler radar station in Oregon to document bird migration, with patterns showing up as far north as Seattle.
National birding websites include regional info and you can also track your favorite species of birds, such as a recent article on All About Birds called “Where Can I Go to Watch Hawk Migration?”
BirdNote, a daily bird-info site which has contributing writers from the Wedgwood neighborhood, tells about the behavior and typical migration patterns of different species, such as this recent article about Purple Martins (a swallow) on their journey to Brazil.
Are you interested in the migration patterns of eagles, hummingbirds, monarch butterflies or even whooping cranes???? There is a migration tracking page for each, on the website of Journey North. Watching the migrations of birds and butterflies heightens our appreciation of all of God’s creatures and the seasonal changes which are the rhythm of our lives on Planet Earth.
Here are author David B. Williams’ comments on the fascinating story of Seattle’s regrading projects. Please note that there are more upcoming speaking dates when you can hear Mr. Williams’ presentation.
Originally posted on University of Washington Press Blog:
In his new book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, David B. Williams tells an engaging story about the radical ways in which the leaders and inhabitants of Seattle have altered the landscape to better accommodate their visions for the city. Williams uses his science and nature writing background, extensive research and interviews, and deep knowledge of Seattle to illuminate the real physical challenges and sometimes rather startling hubris of these large-scale transformations: the altering of the original shoreline and lowering of the inconvenient bluffs; the filling in of the vast tideflats at the mouth of the Duwamish to make new, flat land; the creation of the ship canal to link Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington; and the removal of millions of cubic yards of earth in order to lower Denny Hill at the north end of downtown. He also helps readers connect the…
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