Category Archives: boundaries

The Eastwood and Wedgwood Community Clubs

During the years of World War Two from 1941 to 1945 all Seattleites had some concerns about the possibility of bombing, since Seattle is a coastal city.  For this reason people took civil defense training and organized their neighborhoods to help one another in … Continue reading

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Roy Erford and the euphonious election district names

Wedgwoodians of the 1940s may have been puzzled to learn that their voting district was called Sonora, which is a place name in Mexico.  Those living north of NE 85th Street and east of 35th Ave NE were in the … Continue reading

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How Wedgwood came into the City Limits of Seattle

The neighborhoods of northeast Seattle gradually came into the city limits between 1941 and 1954.  The Seattle City Limits did not advance northward in a straight line, like water rising in a bathtub.  It was up to each voting precinct … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s University Unitarian Church

UPDATE:  In 2018-2019 the University Unitarian Church congregation has vacated their building so that it can be renovated.  The building is fenced off, leading to some rumors that it is going to be torn down — not so!  The congregation … Continue reading

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What about the “E” in Wedgwood?

The Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle took its name from a real estate development which was started in 1941 by Albert Balch.  The naming happened gradually after Balch’s Wedgwood group of houses became well-known. In an April 1956 interview for the … Continue reading

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Mr. Cook, early neighborhood activist in Wedgwood

Like other American cities which had major fires in the 1800s, Seattle received a publicity boost from its Great Fire of June 6, 1889.  Telegrams went out to other cities’ newspapers telling of the heroic efforts to save property and that … Continue reading

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Becoming Wedgwood

The Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle was created by a bold and optimistic developer, Albert Balch.  On July 31, 1941 Balch filed a plat for forty acres of land from 30th to 35th Avenues NE, NE 80th to 85th Streets, which … Continue reading

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