Raising the Dead Ravenna Park and Creek

Seattle, Washington 98145

Raising the Dead Ravenna Park and Creek

Raising the Dead: Ravenna Park and Creek Professional Review and Guide

"At the turn of the century, weary urbanites considered picturesque Ravenna Park an essential escape from city life. They trolleyed across town to drink from a mineral springs and gawk at one of Seattle’s last stands of towering old growth. Even in green Seattle the park was famous for its tall trees, and the realtor who owned the land named his favorites for Theodore Roosevelt and other VIPs of the time. But when the city acquired the land in the early twentieth century, the trees became grist for Henry Yesler’s Union Bay sawmill. Later, bucolic Ravenna Creek was put into a pipe near the end of the park to create more land for development.

Despite these losses, the half-mile wooded ravine and its remaining creek are at least as valuable to Seattleites now as they were back then, calming counterpoint to a sprawling city. The beauty of the park and the unfortunate history of its creek have also catalyzed a neighborhood on their behalf."

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Jul 2018