Seattle's Ravenna Neighborhood

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Arcadia Publishing, 2007 - 127 pages
For centuries, Native American tribes lived peacefully along the trout-filled stream in a ravine that would later become part of northeastern Seattle. In 1887, the Reverend Beck disembarked from the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad and, in this same area, bought 300 lushly forested acres that he turned into a township and park, both called Ravenna. The town was only three and a half miles from the city center and soon boasted a flour mill and a finishing school. The park itself, with its giant trees, mineral springs, fountains, and music pavilion, soon became a major attraction and well worth the 25 admission. Eventually the timber was harvested and the school replaced by the university. Today the park remains a haven of serenity and the stream once again runs through it.

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I DON'T believe there was "snow" on the ground near Ravenna, on Sep. 10, 1922, as asserted in the book! (See photo on page 46.) Light frost, maybe--BUT SNOW? Any weather historians out there to verify Ms. Wendell's claim? (However, it DID snow in Fairbanks in August that year.)


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Author Ann Wendell's parents settled in Ravenna in 1947, and she is now raising her children in the same house in which she grew up. She attended the University of Washington, where she earned a master's degree. For this charming neighborhood retrospective, Wendell has drawn images from her own and others' private collections, as well as from the archives of the Seattle Public Library, the University of Washington, the Seattle Municipal Archives, and the Museum of History and Industry.

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