Author Archives: Wedgwood in Seattle History

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer writer of neighborhood history in Seattle.

The New Thornton Creek School

Decatur School was built in 1961 at 7711 43rd Ave NE on the former site of a Navy housing complex called Shearwater. In 1967 Decatur became a “program school” with a specific educational approach.  Over the years it had another … Continue reading

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Meadowbrook Pond in Winter

While technically not a park, Meadowbrook Pond is a user-friendly Seattle Public Utilities accessible area with walking paths.  The Pond is on the east side of 35th Ave NE with an entrance marked by signage and boulders, directly across the … Continue reading

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Candy Cane Lane 2021

A fun family holiday event in northeast Seattle is the annual Candy Cane Lane lights and decorations.  Located on NE Ravenna Blvd at 21st Ave NE, Candy Cane Lane is a cluster of 1920s houses all decked out for the … Continue reading

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Hunter Tree Farm in Wedgwood in 2021

The Hunter family of the Olympic Peninsula farm, dating back to the 1880s, began growing Christmas trees in 1948. In the 1950s the Hunters began selling cut trees in Seattle.  After the site in the present Northgate area closed, the … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: Rogers School

At the end of World War Two in 1945, military servicemen returned to the USA and many settled in Seattle.  The population of Seattle increased by 100,000 people between 1940 and 1950 due to the influx of returnees and new … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: Bryant

In northeast Seattle most of the neighborhood names are those of real estate developments such as Wedgwood, which originally was only a plat name. The builder of the Wedgwood group of houses, Albert Balch, did not deliberately set out to … Continue reading

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The Trees of October in Wedgwood

Wedgwood in northeast Seattle enjoys the autumn colors of leaves in October and November.  Street trees called Flame Ash will turn a deep red along 35th Ave NE. The Flame Ash street trees which line 35th Ave NE were planted … Continue reading

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September in Flight: Bird Migration

As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, birds begin their annual migration.  This article reprinted from All About Birds tells, how, why and where birds migrate. “Geese winging their way south in wrinkled V-shaped flocks … Continue reading

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A Headstone for Captain John M Hoyt at Last

Guest article from the Emerging Civil War blog:  the story of how the unmarked grave of a Civil War veteran was discovered and honored in Seattle.

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Far Beyond the Sounds of Battle: Seattle’s Civil War Legacy

This guest article by Richard Heisler of the Civil War Seattle project is reposted from the Emerging Civil War blog of June 29, 2021. A letter received in Seattle in 1863, telling of actions during the Civil War, was reprinted … Continue reading

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