Seattle's Ravenna Neighborhood

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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.
ISBN: 9780738548715
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Washington
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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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