Seattle City Fathers Use Cemetery Land to Feed the City's 1907 Expansion Needs, Unsettling The Dead

Local author discovers her Seattle Greenwood neighborhood, which includes a number of houses considered haunted, was platted on an abandoned cemetery in 1907. Her two 'Ghost Stories' books, on Kindle and Nook, reveal incidents of ghost sightings.
Seattle Ghost Stories featured in 'GHOST Stories: Book Two' on Kindle
Seattle Ghost Stories featured in 'GHOST Stories: Book Two' on Kindle
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Emily Hill


Edmonds - Washington - US

Dec. 24, 2011 - PRLog -- In 1907 Seattle was a boom town – on the move.  City Fathers had annexed South Park, West Seattle, Ballard along a westerly south-to-north corridor and Columbia City, and Southeast Seattle along the easterly south-to-north corridor.  Land was needed for even more expansion.  Downtown businesses were bustling and a trolley line ran north along Greenwood Avenue into the plum orchards of the Woodland District.  Housing was needed, and enterprising developers knew where to get it – from the cemeteries situated just outside the Seattle city limits along 85th Street.

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“I was astonished to discover that the land my home was built on had once been a cemetery,” exclaimed Seattle author, Emily Hill. “There were many ‘beyond the grave’ occurrences in my 1907 Greenwood home, but I never imagined that Seattle city fathers would build a housing development right where a cemetery had been.”

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But that’s exactly what did happen in 1907 when (unincorporated) Seattle’s northern boundary pushed past North 85th Street and developers looked to the Woodland Cemetery Association and H.R. Clise Investment Company’s land for expansion.

The author explains, “for fifteen years I lived at 708 No. 82nd Street. The address 712 No. 82nd Street was next door, and 725 No. 82nd Street was to the east, across the street. The residents of all three houses experienced hauntings, paranormal activity, and the presence of ghosts.

I’ve included my own experience in ‘Ghost Stories and The Unexplained’ and ‘Ghost Stories From Beyond the Grave’. Both books are available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.”

“Doorknobs would creak and turn in the middle of the night as I sat across the room watching, being the sole resident of the house,” the author revealed.  

Emily Hill believes that the hauntings that took place in her Greenwood neighborhood are the result of restless spirits whose ‘final resting place’ was disturbed in 1907 for the benefit of…the living.
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