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Haunted Seattle ~ An Historical Greenwood Fire Discovered
Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood has a rich and haunting history. Author Emily Hill reports on a horrific tale of a Greenwood fire that 'engulfed the area' in 1905 but still leaves some homeowners unsettled. Seattle historians take note.
The smell of smoke permeating the interior of ‘Haunted House No 5’ and its surrounding Greenwood neighborhood is a phenomenon that the homeowner has experienced on a number of occasions. It occurs often enough that the phenomenon takes up several journal entries in the diary that the homeowner maintains. She often asks herself “Where is the fire?”
She should be asking herself “When was the fire?” Based on facts that author Emily Hill uncovered this week about Seattle’s Greenwood district and its history of hauntings and ghost sightings; the owner of ‘Haunted House No. 5’ is experiencing a residual haunting. Hill has authored many books, including 'The Ghost Chaser's Daughter' which includes a number of tales of Greenwood's hauntings. [ http://www.amazon.com/
For those who experience a residual haunting, the sounds, smells, and visions felt of being in-the-moment of an originating event – most always a traumatic event – are as real as occurrences in their present day lives. Beatings, murders, and fires that result in death, often are replayed as residual hauntings.
A residual haunting – in the simplest terms – is the unsettling energy that hangs in the air at the location of a harrowing incident. It is very much like a recording that replays throughout history – in visual and audial terms to ‘Sensitives’
For the past six months Emily Hill, author of ‘The Ghost Chaser’s Daughter’ has been chasing down Seattle’s Greenwood ghost stories. And, there are plenty of them. She reports that she has now been in direct contact with six homeowners of the ten Greenwood properties that she has identified as haunted.
Before she relayed to her publishers, A.V. Harrison Publishing, what drew her to the conclusion that the homeowner of ‘Haunted House No. 5’ was experiencing a residual haunting she reminded her publisher of the history of Greenwood – and its Ghosts.
“Today Greenwood would like to be known as ‘The Antique District’ of North Seattle. However, during the turn of the 20th century Greenwood was the location of one of Seattle’s most notorious cemeteries, the Woodland Cemetery. This cemetery, established by Seattle pioneer, D.T. Denny in 1893, encompassed a 160-acre tract of land lying on the west side of (now) Greenwood Avenue No. between North 85th Street and North 80th Street. The acreage (a township) ran at least as far west as NW 3rd Avenue. For approximately 17 years the Woodland Cemetery Association accepted bodies for burial. Then, in 1907, the Association disbanded the cemetery. The property was sold to developers. The resultant improvements to the township included Greenwood Elementary School and two housing divisions."
Armed with the stories of paranormal activity taking place at Greenwood’s Haunted House No. 5, Emily Hill set out for University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library. She believes she has solved the mystery of the why the owner of Haunted House No. 5 smells smoke and experiences the feeling that a fire is in the neighborhood, or has engulfed the house:
“The smoke that the homeowner can smell is from a fire that took place over 100 years ago, around 1905. The homeowner is experiencing a residual haunting. The fire is described in the book, ‘Pig-tail Days in Old Seattle’ by Sophie Frye Bass and Florenz Clark. [ http://www.amazon.com/
"The name Greenwood brings to mind a gruesome tale. . . Many years ago at the city limits was Woodland Cemetery... [where] A huge fire engulfed the area and the ‘heavens were aglow. . ."
“In the Bass and Clark account this engulfing blaze brought opportunity in the way of insurance fraud to grave robbers using a cadaver from the Woodland Cemetery to make a death claim," describes Hill.
For Emily Hill the historical notation brought the confirmation of a huge Greenwood-area inferno that, in or around 1905, ravaged the land north of Seattle’s downtown.
“This north Seattle fire that ‘engulfed the area’ may be photo-documented in a second book about north Seattle, ‘Seattle’s Greenwood-Phinney Neighborhood’
Then she invites, “If you are interested in Greenwood’s Ghost stories, or know of Greenwood history; particularly the fire that ‘engulfed the area’, please contact me!”
The prolific author of ghost stories can be reached at info@avHarrison-
Page Updated Last on: Feb 17, 2013