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Georgetown

Carleton Avenue Grocery  Calamity Jane's Restaurant Helle Spa

Town History

The farming settlement established on Sept. 16, 1851 by Collins, Van Asselt and the Mapels was originally known as "Collins".

Luther Collins, who was named the County Commissioner and appointed himself road supervisor for all of King County, routed the main road from Seattle to Tacoma to go right by his house.  The road led to a ferry, called the Collins Ferry, which took passengers across the Duwamish River.  Fares ranged from 12 1/2 for a "footman" (someone walking) to 50˘ for a man with a horse.

Rainier Brewing Company's original Rainier Brewery, once reportedly the sixth-largest brewery in the world, began operations in 1882. Now called the Georgetown Brewhouse, the red brick brewery, home to artists and small businesses, dominates the commercial district along Airport Way S.

As a home to saloons and breweries, Georgetown incorporated in 1904 largely as a defense against prohibitionist.

Georgetown existed as an independent city from 1904 to 1910, when it was annexed by Seattle; the Old Georgetown City Hall (1909) is now on the National Register of Historic Places as is the Georgetown Steam Plant (1906). The movement for annexation began in 1906 but did not gain significant support until 1909. Following presentation of a petition for an annexation vote, a special election was held on March 29, 1910. The annexation proposition passed with 389 votes in favor and 238 opposed. The City of Georgetown was officially consolidated with Seattle on April 4, 1910

At some point the settlement became known as "Dwamish" which was the name of the Post Office established there in 1874 (and also name of the native peoples who lived here).

The Horton brothers Julius and Dexter, arrived in 1871, and purchased 160 acres of Collins' original claim.  The brothers were very different in personality but both were very ambitious.  While Dexter was against the drinking of alcohol, his brother Julius saw the possibilities of making money through the brewing business and land development.

On his land, Julius grew hops, which was the necessary ingredient in making beer. In 1882, he sold 1 1/4 acres of land to Edward Sweeney and William Rule to build what would become known as the Rainier Brewery.

Centralia Chronicle-March 28, 1902

"Georgetown is now the place where the gambling clement of Seattle holds forth, and the town is "Wide open" in its fullest sense. Not even on Sunday did the gamblers stop their work. All day and all night they ply their vocation in the seven saloons which are now located in that suburb. Two more saloons arc now in process of erection. Koilotlo, craps, Klondike, black jack, stud poker, California poker, wheel of fortune and slot machines are the games that are being mainly played."

In his famous, possibly apocryphal, speech of 1854, Chief Seattle is said to have warned his new neighbors that "the dead are not altogether powerless." Perhaps Chief Seattle was right when he told settlers to beware, for "at night, when the streets of your cities and villages shall be silent, and you think them deserted, they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled and still love this beautiful land."

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Investigation:

Carleton Avenue Grocery Historical Business

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History of Site Investigated:

The Carleton Avenue Grocery has the distinction of being the longest continuously operated grocery store in Washington State. Although it didn’t begin as your friendly, neighborhood grocery store.

It was built in 1904 as a saloon with attached overnight rooms (roadhouse) but later was converted to a grocery store in 1911. Prospere Casteran had owned the building as early as 1904 and ran the first grocery store as well.

It began as a bar and bordello called “The Country Inn Roadhouse” owned by Everett “Big Hutch” Hutchings located on 201 Estella Street (Carleton Avenue) along with about six other saloons. They were the “Roxy’s,” owned by Roxy Reber; “Rainer Bar,” owned by L.C, Bregonze; “Lincoln Park,” owned by Charlton and Bowman; “Germania Park,” owned by F Brand; “Vienna Grocery and Bar,” owned by L. Pavish; and “Bohemian Park,” owned by Richard Bishop.

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Paranormal Investigation Evidence:

EVP's:

  • Yes

Photos:

  • None

Magazines:

 

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The Ghost of Carleton Avenue Grocery Find out more on MagCloud

Videos:

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Investigation:

Calamity Jane's Restaurant

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History of Site Investigated:

Calamity Jane's Restaurant is located in the building that was "The Forsyth Hotel "which was built in 1908. Across the street was the Seattle Malting and Brewing Company, the 6th biggest brewery in the world at the time, about 5 acres. Hotels sprang up on this side of the street to accomodate the workers. 10' X10' rooms with a bathroom down the hall, the Forsyth originally had 10 rooms. Originally there was Forsyth Real Estate company in the South side storefront (B suite). In the 50's there was a tropical fish store in the A suite storefront, with the owner living in the back.

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Paranormal Investigation Evidence:

EVP's:

  • Yes

Photos:

  • None

Magazines:

Open publication - Free publishing - More yakima

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The Ghost of Calamity Jane's Restaurant & Bar Find out more on MagCloud

Videos:

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Investigation:

Helle Skin Sanctuary and Spa

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History of Site Investigated:

Built 1901 or possibly earlier this home has a long history of paranormal activity. Little is actually known about the home other than the public records that show Charles Givens lived there in 1910 and Wilder Bruce is supposed to have owned it at one time.  Another resident was Remi Claey a cabinet maker living there in the 1920's.

The following is from Danielle the business owner who occupies the home now. She talked of seeing a little boy come in the back door - he was dressed in period clothing

Danielle also states that they have a creepy closet in the hair treatment room. It is always freezing in there, even in the dead of summer, when all of the surrounding rooms are in the 80's. There have been electrical issues and, according to Chivahn, a shelf recently "flew" off of the closet wall. Pictures have also fallen off that same wall, and the closet door likes to close itself. And, I guess, at the end of the day, it just gives all of us the heebie-jeebies., states Danielle.

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Paranormal Investigation Evidence:

EVP's:

  • Yes

Photos:

  • None

Magazines:

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Videos:

To view the investigation video click here

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Media:

Newspapers:

Magazines:

None

TV:

KOMO 4 News:

Radio:

KIRO 97.3 FM - The Larry Rice Show-Read Article
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Videos:

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References:

1. The History Link of Washington State: www.historylink.org 

2. F.O.G.H. Friends of Georgetown History: www.georgetownhistory.com

 Books:

The PIHA Grey Team has compiled their investigations of the haunted museums, public historical sites and historical communities in Washington State into this fact-based book. Read the detailed account of each haunted site and the history of each location.   Click here to order this book

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