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North Seattle Neighborhoods: Licton Springs
Seattle's Licton Springs neighborhood is not well know by its' name but we all know where it is. Referred to as North College Park and frequently called Green Lake, it is located west of Northgate, north of Green Lake (NE 85thStreet), east of Greenwood and Aurora (Highway 99) and south of Haller Lake.
Another not well-known fact is that it is also home to a natural spring, which exists in the northwest area of Licton Springs Park.
Licton Springs was once a healing center for Native Americans, who constructed sweat lodges and bathed in the mineral waters of the springs. Pioneer David Denny built a cabin near the springs in 1870 and hundreds of settlers drove for miles to immerse themselves in the spring water and in the mud.
A spa was built in 1935. Thousands then flocked to the springs to dunk in the thermal baths. In 1960 Seattle voters approved the site as a park, and the City bought the springs in 1961.
The park still exists with swing sets and fun hop scotches, bridges crossing over a creek, and large grassy areas.
Today, the residential area has mixed single family and town home residences with a few ... more
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