Category Archives: streets

Seattle’s Old Street Signs

The Seattle Department of Transportation is using a new digital method to print all kinds of traffic signs, and they are making old street signs available for purchase.

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Seattle Street Names

The vision of a city in the place where Seattle now stands was born in the heart of Arthur Denny, a 29-year-old surveyor in Knox County, Illinois in 1851.  As a surveyor Denny knew that in unexplored regions, early-arriving settlers … Continue reading

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The Future of 35th Ave NE in Wedgwood

What is the future of 35th Ave NE?  This arterial corridor through the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle has businesses clustered mainly at the intersections of NE 75th and 85th Streets.  As buildings at these intersections age and are replaced, we … 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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Gerhard Ericksen’s Good Road

In the 1880s Seattleites were fed up with being snubbed by railroad corporations. The last straw was the Northern Pacific’s selection of Seattle’s rival city, Tacoma, as the western terminus of the NP’s cross-country line. Under the leadership of Judge … Continue reading

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The Wedgwood Safeway

The intersection of 35th Ave NE and NE 75th Street had no buildings at any of the four corners until after 1946.  The only building near to the corner was Ida’s Inn at 7500 35th Ave NE, which began as … Continue reading

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Street-grade: ups and downs in Wedgwood

Wedgwood’s main commercial corridor is along 35th Ave NE which was first declared an arterial in 1934.  Some improvements were made at that time, including some widening and some road-grading to level out the surface and make it more passable … Continue reading

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