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Historical: 1930s

Green Lake then and now

Casey McNerthney of has posted an excellent “then and now” gallery on the Big Blog, featuring buildings around Green Lake. Casey writes: Gregg’s Cycles and Spud Fish and Chips are two of the longest-remaining businesses around the lake, each being around for more than 70 years. Starbucks wasn’t always at a prime location there – that space was home to a gas station for several years. The space that now holds the Blu Water Bistro was home for years to Ray’s Pharmacy, though many Seattleites remember it as the first home of Secret Garden Bookshop, with the brick floor that would rattle when you…

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Historical: 1900s

Green Lake, ca. 1900

The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) posted the following ca. 1900 photograph on its blog today: Green Lake, Seattle, ca. 1900 Caption on border: Asahel Curtis, Commercial Photographer, 625 Colman Block, Seattle. Handwritten on mount: View across Greenlake [sic] ca. 1900. Church – Greenlk. Cong.? Photographer: Asahel Curtis Image Date: ca. 1900

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Historical: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s

‘Pork Neckbones, Sauerkraut & Rutabagas: Memories of my Green Lake Girlhood’ available soon

Pork Neckbones, Sauerkraut & Rutabagas: Memories of my Green Lake Girlhood, a new book of neighborhood history by Dorothea Nordstrand, will be made available at a book launch on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, 2-3 p.m., at the History House of Greater Seattle (790 N 34 St). Nordstrand’s four children share the following on an event flier: This book of memoirs is the culmination of 25 years of story writing, begun when Dorothea was 70, and put together in humorous, heartwarming details from her vivid memory. Despite the many hardships that her family endured during her childhood, the love and respect, sense of adventure and heartfelt enjoyment…

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Historical: 1970s

Family movie set in Green Lake in the early ’70s

Many thanks to Tom Swafford for sharing the following video clip with us, a family movie from the early 1970s shot in the Green Lake neighborhood and at Green Lake Park. Tom, a violinist and composer, used thumb pianos and violin to create a soundtrack for the footage. NE 71st St, the Green Lake Community Center’s roundabout, and East Green Lake Beach can all be seen.    

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Historical: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

A look back at the Green Lake Bowl

This story comes to us via Kat Chow. Kat is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory, an advanced reporting class in which students produce news stories and packages for local neighborhood and ethnic newspapers and online sites. The Green Lake Bowl, which was first opened in 1950 at the intersection of NE Ravenna Blvd & Woodlawn Ave NE, was a neighborhood hotspot until it struck out and closed down in 1982. The bowling alley’s actual structure was built way back in 1923 and was 9,070 square feet, according to tax records that Ed Carlos, who grew up…

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