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People of the Ship Canal: McMullen Fuel Company

In 1889 J. S. McMullen, age 55, pulled up stakes and went out West.  He had spent most of his life in Michigan but perhaps he was enticed to start a new life by word of the rich natural resources … Continue reading

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People of the Ship Canal: Waldo B. Staples Boat Marina

When the Lake Washington Ship Canal was constructed in 1911-1917, people hoped that the canal would benefit Seattle’s business environment.  It was difficult to foresee, however, all that might happen, and what would be the actual impact of the canal … Continue reading

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People of the Ship Canal: Carl Signor’s Grocery Store

Before the present-day ship canal at the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, there was a smaller, hand-dug channel.  It had been used for sending logs to mill, and small boats could travel in the canal.  Prior to the completion of the … Continue reading

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People of the Ship Canal: Remsberg & Dixon, Fremont Businessmen

The news of Seattle’s Great Fire of June 6, 1889, was carried by newspapers all over the USA.  The story of the pioneer City of Seattle which heroically resolved to rise from the ashes and rebuild after the Fire, attracted … Continue reading

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People of the Ship Canal: A.J. Goddard, Businessman and Legislator

The Fremont neighborhood of Seattle began in 1888 as a named, planned real estate development.  With its advantageous location at the northwest corner of Lake Union, Fremont grew rapidly.  In addition to its location with access to natural resources like … Continue reading

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Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

Where do you take your visitors from out of town, when they come to Seattle? For both locals and out-of-town visitors, one of the favorite destinations in Seattle is the Ballard Locks.  Located in north Seattle just west of the … Continue reading

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Fremont and Seattle’s Ship Canal

Seattle’s earliest white settlers saw immediately that it would be possible to connect its freshwater lakes to the saltwater Puget Sound by means of a canal.  At a Fourth of July picnic in 1854, Thomas Mercer proposed the name of … Continue reading

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History of the Fremont Neighborhood in Seattle

Fremont in Seattle was one of the city’s early neighborhoods with its own identity.  It was founded as a land development, like a suburb, with the name of Fremont given because its investors came from Fremont, Nebraska.  In 1888 Edward and … Continue reading

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A Civil War Confederate in Seattle: John Scurry

The events of the American Civil War, 1861-1865, occurred far, far away in the eastern USA but during those years residents of Seattle certainly were aware of the conflict. In the decades after the Civil War, veterans tended to migrate … Continue reading

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Alexandrina McKenzie and Real Estate in Early Wedgwood

In the year 1900 Alexandrina McKenzie was a 43-year-old farm wife in Bingham Township, Huron, Michigan, with five of her six children still at home. Ten years later, Alexandrina was a widow in Seattle, supporting herself and her children with … Continue reading

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