Fremont History Articles

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 in its Houses

The house at 4407 2nd Ave NW was built in 1908 by Swedish immigrant Emil Nelson

The Fremont neighborhood has a lively history which parallels the story of the City of Seattle’s growth and development.

Just as in the beginnings of Seattle in what is now downtown, the earliest white settlers of Fremont were attracted by the availability of natural resources, most importantly water and timber.

Located just to the northwest of Lake Union, Fremont was on the banks of a stream which at first was called The Outlet,

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Fremont History Events

National Preservation Month

Venue: Fremont Public Library
When: May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019

“What the Bridge Has Seen:”  The Fremont Historical Society and the Fremont Branch Library are partnering in a display of photographs, stories, and maps which will focus on the changes in the Fremont neighborhood since the the Fremont Bridge opened in 1917.  Included will be the history of B. F. Day School, the history and relocation of the Red Door building, the growth of maritime businesses since the opening of the Ship Canal, the options that were considered for the route of the Burke Gilman trail through Fremont,

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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

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