Russ Kurtz

Long-time Crown Hill Resident Russ Kurtz passed away on Friday, April 1st, 2011. Russ founded the Crown Hill Vet Clinic on Holman Rd NW at 14th Ave NW. He practiced there until 1986. Russ also served on the Carkeek Park Advisory Council.

The obituary in the Seattle Times can be found here. Russ’ memorial service [...]

Fire Station #35 Getting Closer

New Fire Station #35 Sign

On Saturday, September 25, the new fire station will be dedicated. Come on out for this community celebration at 1:30 pm. The neon-lighted artwork will provide a recognizable night-time landmark for Crown Hill. [UPDATE: Mayor McGinn will be there for the dedication ceremony, and there will be a mini-town [...]

Home Research 201: Delve Deeper into Your Home’s History

Interested in what tales your home holds of its past owners? The Ballard Historical Society is holding a lecture on how to use the Puget Sound Regional Archives to find out more.

A free lecture sponsored by the Ballard Historical Society Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:00 p.m.- 8:15 p.m. Speaker: Greg Lange, Puget [...]

Looking for Old Pictures of Your House?

Oldest Picture of My House (click to enlarge)

Most of us are not the original owners of the house we live in. It is only natural to wonder what our abode might have looked like in past years before the addition, how long that tree in the front yard has been there, when the [...]

Gifts from the Builder: The Eddie McAbee Park Entrance

By Heidi Madden and Chris Jacobsen

Have you ever driven past the Eddie McAbee entrance to Carkeek Park off of NW 100th Place and wondered who Eddie McAbee is? Perhaps the name sounded familiar: Didn’t a guy named McAbee build a bunch of stuff around here?

Eddie McAbee Entrance to Carkeek Park

Eddie McAbee [...]

How a Grocery Store Shaped a Neighborhood: The Story of Art’s Food Center

By Heidi Madden & Chris Jacobsen

The Original Art's Globe (photograph used with permission from Herb and Sue McAbee)

August 22, 1956 was the day the housewives of Crown Hill had been waiting for: The Plaza Shopping Center (a.k.a. Art’s Plaza) on 6th Ave. N.W. and Holman Road was having its grand opening. High [...]

History Articles About Crown Hill Cemetery

This article links to a two-part series on the history of the Crown Hill Cemetery. The articles are posted in “Beyond The Ghosts … A Cemetery Blog” by GE Anderson. The mystery of Lily the Tabby Cat interred there is almost as intriguing as the Cipher in Room 214 burial.

These articles are [...]

From Legends to Lights: The Story of Olympic Golf Club

By Heidi Madden

On the crisp, clear afternoon of December 7, 1924, ships passing through Puget Sound on their way to Elliott Bay were treated to a surprise: On a ridge high above the Sound, just north of Seattle, a new 600-square-foot American flag had been hoisted. The impressive symbol, meant to be the [...]

Tree Survey Question (still looking for responses)

In August 2009 we published a tree survey questionnaire here. We got quite a few responses, but we’re looking for more. Our grant proposal is currently being reviewed has been approved for funding by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. If approved, We will contract with an arborist to survey the neighborhood for trees, but Crown [...]

A Charmed Land: Dairy Farming on Crown Hill

By Chris Jacobsen & Heidi Madden

If you were to stand facing north at the intersection of 8th Ave. NW and NW 105th today, you would see rows of ramblers built in the early 1950s during the post-war building boom. You would hear traffic from Holman Road and Greenwood Ave. N. But years ago, my [...]

Aerial Photographs from 1936

Ever wonder what your neck of the woods looked like a long time ago? A while ago, I stumbled across a set of aerial photographs from 1936 at the King County Records site. Looking at many areas of Crown Hill using the online IMAP Geographic Information System, I visualized the area before it was converted [...]

Piper Orchard’s 4th Annual Fall Festival of Fruit and Tour

Saturday, Sept 18th, 2010 10 AM – 2 PM

Tour the 119 year old orchard, see displays to learn more about growing your own trees, bring apples from your trees to determine their variety, live music, food booths, learn about orchard history, grapes in the orchard, pest management, permaculture, kids crafts and more., 206-684-0877, [...]