Category Archives: boundaries

Wedgwood’s Wild Western Edge

The western boundary of the Wedgwood neighborhood is Lake City Way NE, a highway whose official name is State Route 522.  The road was first called Victory Way, then Bothell Way.  In 1970 the name of the portion of the … 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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Wilson’s Exposition Heights

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, a world’s-fair event, attracted people to Seattle even before the fair’s opening date of June 1, 1909.  When news of the Exposition plans became known in 1906, people from all over the USA began coming to Seattle … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s NE 85th Street Dividing Line

On September 2, 1858, a team of surveyors stood at what is now the center point of Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood on 35th Ave NE at NE 85th Street.  The survey team consisted of two chain carriers (men with a measuring … Continue reading

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Redefining the Boundaries of Wedgwood in the 1950s

In the 1940s and 1950s the neighborhoods of northeast Seattle grew rapidly, with housing developments filling up what had been semi-rural areas which were still outside the city limits.  Some people resisted the process of being absorbed into the City … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: Wedgwood’s Boundaries and Neighborhood Identity

In the early 1900s Wedgwood in northeast Seattle did not have a name or definite identity as a neighborhood. Some areas in or near Seattle, such as the Fremont neighborhood, had been started with an official name.  In May 1888 … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s Do-It-Yourself Fire Department in the 1940s

In 1941 developer Albert Balch started building houses from NE 80th to 85th Streets, 30th to 35th Avenues NE, and chose the name “Wedgwood” for the new subdivision. Wedgwood residents began to develop a sense of identity as a neighborhood … Continue reading

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