Fremont History Articles

Seattle Times Now and Then, Fremont Postcard, 1908

Check out the Seattle Times “Now and Then” column in the Pacific Northwest Magazine in the Seattle Times on Sunday, September 15, 2019. It features a 1908 postcard with a panoramic photo taken from Fremont Hill, looking across Lake Union to Capitol Hill.

The writer sent the postcard to his cousin in San Francisco to let him know he had arrived in Seattle. He reported that it was a great city and that opportunities for a young man were plentiful.

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Welcome To Our New Website

Greetings!  Welcome to the recently updated Fremont Historical Society website, made possible by grants from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund; and the Fremont Neighborhood Council. 

We will now be able to share historic photographs and research that tell the story of the Fremont neighborhood.

Over the coming weeks and months we will add to the online material with a timeline, information on historic residential and commercial buildings, and more.  We welcome your comments and questions.

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Fremont and Seattle’s Ship Canal

Seattle’s earliest white settlers saw immediately that it would be possible to connect its freshwater lakes to the saltwater Puget Sound by means of a canal.  At a Fourth of July picnic in 1854, Thomas Mercer proposed the name of Lake Union because that body of water was in the middle between Lake Washington to the east and Puget Sound to the west.

Seattle settlers of the 1850s Thomas Mercer and David Denny took land claims at the south end of Lake Union near today’s Seattle Center.  

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Fremont History Events

Coming Events in May 2020

Venue: Fremont Branch Library
When: May 30, 2020
1:00 pm

The Seattle Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere musical, “Lydia and the Troll,” by actor and playwright Justin Huertas, May 8 – June 14, 2020.

The Fremont Branch Library and the Rep are planning an event related to the play at the library on Saturday, May 30, at 1:00 p.m.

On a similar theme, the Fremont Historical Society is beginning research on the history of performance arts in Fremont for our annual May exhibit at the library.

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Fremont History Timeline

Read and learn about the historical stories in chronological order on our Timeline Page.

Fremont Then and Now

Interact with our then and now photos to see the Seattle places as they were years ago at our Then and Now Page.


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Our Mission

The Fremont Historical Society is dedicated to building awareness and appreciation of the history of a unique and early Seattle neighborhood. FHS enriches the community through education in the areas of cultural, political and social history. Through research, documentation, display and promotion, FHS encourages scholarship and accessibility to materials and research which tell the story of the Fremont neighborhood.


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*1937 Photos Courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Branch,
Washington State Archives

Digitization of 1937 photos by Heather McAuliffe

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