Category Archives: Neighborhood features

Open House and Farewell

The time has come to say goodbye to the present building at John Rogers Elementary School, 4030 NE 109th Street in Seattle. In the summer of 2023 the present school building will be demolished.  Over the next two years, construction … Continue reading

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Sacrifices and Safety

In the 1950s the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle was in a growth spurt with the demand for housing following World War Two, and the generation of children, called the Baby Boom, born in that post-war era.  In the photo … Continue reading

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The 2022 Season of Cheer: Hunter Tree Farm in Wedgwood

Take a stroll in Wedgwood to enjoy the smell of evergreens, the twinkle of lights and the sounds of music at the Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE, next to the post office.  The Christmas tree lot is set … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Weekends in Wedgwood

One of the delights of the autumn season is the colorful display at Wedgwood’s own Pumpkin Patch, 7744 35th Ave NE.  This year’s Pumpkin Party begins Sunday, October 2, 2022. On October weekends the pumpkin sales are hosted by a … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years in the Wedgwood Business District

The year 2022 marked one hundred years since the first store opened in what is now defined as the Wedgwood neighborhood, between NE 75th to 95th Streets in northeast Seattle. The north-south arterial 35th Ave NE is the central core of Wedgwood … Continue reading

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The Spiger Family in Ravenna

The life story of Henry Spiger tells of the western migration of Americans after the Civil War, and the attraction to the growth opportunities in Seattle in the 1880s. Henry Spiger, born before the Civil War, gradually migrated from his … Continue reading

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An Elm Tree in Seattle History

The American Elm is a species of tree native to the northeastern United States, and elms can also thrive in the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest.  Elms can grow to seventy feet high, with a wide-spreading canopy of branches … Continue reading

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The Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel at Northgate

Thornton Creek, with two main branches north and south, flows in a southeasterly direction through north Seattle to the creek’s outlet at NE 93rd Street (Matthews Beach) on Lake Washington. The North Branch originates in Shoreline, and the South Branch … Continue reading

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Dorothy’s Thornton Creek Adventure

The Thornton Creek watershed extends eighteen miles through Shoreline and northeast Seattle, with its outlet into Lake Washington at about NE 93rd Street.  The creek has two main branches, North and South, with many tributaries.  Although he never lived there, … Continue reading

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Meadowbrook in Early Years

Where is “Meadowbrook” in Seattle? The Meadowbrook neighborhood in northeast Seattle derived its name from a golf course which was at the present site of Nathan Hale High School. This lowlands acreage with a creek running through it had once … Continue reading

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