Names in the Neighborhood: Pontiac and Manhattan Heights

Seattle’s Great Fire of June 6, 1889 caused a rebirth of the city in rebuilding and expanding.  There was general optimism that Seattle would become greater than ever, but some people got over-extended into real estate speculation.  Real estate promoters first came to the Wedgwood area in 1890 and laid out development sites with names like Oneida, Pontiac, and Manhattan Heights.  This week on Valarie’s history blog, read how the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad opened up the Sand Point area to businesses but Manhattan Heights in Wedgwood didn’t sell.

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