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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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Wedgwood’s Business District in 1958

All of the Wedgwood neighborhood came into the Seattle City Limits in 1954, and then all of Wedgwood’s businesses were listed in the Seattle City Directories.  The business listings are a fascinating look at the economics and lifestyle of the … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s Commercial Intersections

In early years before the Wedgwood neighborhood in northeast Seattle acquired its identity, it did not have a commercial center on 35th Ave NE at NE 85th Street as it does today. In the 1920s there was much more residential … Continue reading

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Wedgwood’s Immigrants: the Akahoshi Family

Census records of 1920 show that there were quite a few immigrants living in the northeast Seattle neighborhood of Wedgwood that year.  Germans who built their own houses and settled in Wedgwood included John Herkenrath, Gustav Morris, and William Voss, … Continue reading

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Churches and Changes in Wedgwood

There are four church buildings within the boundaries of northeast Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood from NE 75th to 95th Streets.  Each congregation has had different locations, buildings and names over the years. The names and the patterns of use of the … Continue reading

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The Kittredge Family: a Bridge to Northeast Seattle

We may define “pioneers” as young people, perhaps single men or young couples, who journey out to unexplored lands to start new lives.  The story of Seattle’s growth includes plenty of pioneer stories but not just in Seattle’s first century … Continue reading

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Old Houses and New Construction in Wedgwood: the Blue House

The Blue House at 2316 NE 85th Street in Wedgwood is vacant and its future is uncertain.  Today in Wedgwood there are many sites where old houses are being torn down and new ones built in their place. At some … Continue reading

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Names in the Neighborhood: LaVilla

In March 1945 during the final battles of World War Two in Europe, a homesick soldier wrote a letter to the Seattle Daily Times newspaper.  Lieutenant Ralph A. Penington, age 34, was with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Italy.  … Continue reading

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Marshall Blinn: Logging and Land Speculation in Washington Territory

Before Washington became a state in 1889, territorial land claims recorded many names which are not now well-known.  Who were these early-arriving settlers? The map of what is now the Wedgwood and Meadowbrook neighborhoods of northeast Seattle is dotted with … Continue reading

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From Morningside to Wedgwood Presbyterian Church

In the 1920s and 1930s before Wedgwood acquired its name, its sense of identity and defined boundaries, the name Morningside was often used for the neighborhood.  Beginning in 1913 the Morningside Heights plat on the west side of 35th Ave … Continue reading

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