About Maple Leaf
Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood: “So far north it might as well be in Canada.”
That was the joke then. Back when you could take a train from “Seattle” to the wilds of Woodland Park and Green Lake. Back when there were working lumber mills in the neighborhood – the Maple Saw Mill just east on Lake Washington, and the Green Lake Mill near what is now Northgate Mall.
Back then Maple Leaf – roughly the neighborhood that today sits between Interstate 5 and Lake City Way, Northgate Way and 80th Street – had a lot of Maple Leaf trees, a plant nursery and at least one orchard. Originally the neighborhood was platted (in the 1890s) as the Maple Leaf Addition to the Green Lake Tract, but that connection was severed in the 1960s when Interstate 5 was built.
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