Author Archives: Wedgwood in Seattle History

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer history writer for the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.

Following the Birds into Autumn Migration

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 … Continue reading

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Q&A with ‘Too High and Too Steep’ author David B. Williams

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…

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Old Houses and New Construction in Wedgwood: the Blue House

The Blue House at 2316 NE 85th Street in Wedgwood is vacant and its future is uncertain.  Today in Wedgwood there are many sites where old houses are being torn down and new ones built in their place.  At some … Continue reading

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What We Want to Know: All About Birds

All About Birds is one of the best websites for help with bird identification and for answers to things we want to know about birds. In a recent article on All About Birds about color differences between male and female … Continue reading

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Seattle’s Regrading Mania

From the time that settlers first arrived in Seattle in 1851, they began redesigning the landscape.  There just seemed to be something about wanting to reconfigure the topography to suit civic purposes which drove a near-mania for regrading.  It has … Continue reading

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A Walk Through Wedgwood History

Take a Walk Through Wedgwood History with me, Valarie, on any/all Saturdays in September 2015.  We will meet under the Safeway sign, 35th Ave NE at the corner of NE 75th Street at 10 AM.  We will look at the … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: LaVilla

In March 1945 during the final battles of World War Two in Europe, a homesick soldier wrote a letter to the Seattle Daily Times newspaper.  Lieutenant Ralph A. Penington, age 34, was with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Italy.  … Continue reading

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