Category Archives: Wedgwood Rock

Wedgwood Rock in Seattle History

In the 1930s in Seattle mountain-climbing as a sport was more influenced by one person, Wolf Bauer, than any other.  Born in Bavaria in 1912, Wolf Bauer brought his love of mountaineering and outdoor life to his participation in Boy … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of Wedgwood Rock: the Berg family

John and Elida Berg were Swedish immigrants who, as newlyweds, were able to find a home and a new life in Seattle.  In 1910 John and Elida built a house on 29th Ave NE at NE 68th Street, just south … Continue reading

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Homesteading in Wedgwood after the Civil War

In Seattle in the 1870s it was still possible to obtain land in a homestead claim.  Some who came to Seattle were young adventure-seekers, but many who came seeking land were older men who were trying to make a fresh … Continue reading

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Wedgwood Rock: from Homestead to Houses

The Wedgwood Rock section of homes is from 25th to 30th Avenues NE, NE 70th to 75th Streets.  This forty-acre tract was first platted (a plan for lots and streets laid out) in November 1945 by Albert Balch, a builder.  Balch had … Continue reading

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Wedgwood Rock and Big Rock: the orphaned boulder-siblings

Wedgwood Rock has a sibling:   Big Rock at 106 S. Main Street, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, about fifty miles north of Seattle.   Testing of the mineral composition of both boulders has shown that they came from Mt. Erie, Fidalgo Island, near Anacortes … Continue reading

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Wedgwood Rock: Fourth of July Picnic in 1881

Wedgwood Rock probably first came to the attention of white settlers in the 1870s.   A land survey of north Seattle was done in 1855, but there was no notation of the existence of the Rock.  The surveyors described the terrain in their notes … Continue reading

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Wedgwood Rock

It is a startling experience to come upon Wedgwood Rock for the first time.  More than 19 feet high, the Rock looms up out of a parking strip on 28th Ave NE at the intersection of NE 72nd Street. How … Continue reading

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