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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Wedgwood, Seattle

A Catholic church was founded in Wedgwood in 1929 by the Jesuits of Seattle University.   They bought a forty-acre tract of land with the intention of moving Seattle University to the site, but only one month after the land purchase, … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s First Business District

The development of Wedgwood’s first business district began with J.W. (Joe) Shauer, an enterprising businessman who moved his family from Greenwood to Wedgwood in 1920.  Mr. Shauer (pronounced shower) paid $1,000 for an acre of property on the west side … Continue reading

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The Ginseng Farm in Wedgwood

On the census of the year 1900 in Seattle Mr. Charles E. Thorpe was listed as a lodger in a private home on Denny Way near present-day Seattle Center.   By 1905 Mr. Thorpe had become one of the earliest residents of the future Wedgwood … Continue reading

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A Tree in Wedgwood History

If only trees could talk!   If they could, Wedgwood’s trees might tell tales of life in the neighborhood in the past one hundred years or more. The bigleaf maple at 3158 NE 81st Street is a tree which might have a … Continue reading

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