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This WikiProject aims primarily to provide information in consistent format for articles relating to the Seattle metropolitan area, especially the city of Seattle itself.


WikiProject Seattle's parent project include WikiProject Cities and WikiProject Washington (WikiProject United States).


Y Space-Needle-at-Night.jpg You are invited to participate in WikiProject Seattle, a WikiProject dedicated to developing and improving articles about the Greater Seattle area.
  • Feel free to add the userbox template {{User WikiProject Seattle}} to your user page.
  • If you wish to participate, feel free to add your username to the table below using the below template.
  • Unrelated to participating in this Wikiproject, if you would like to identify yourself as a Wikipedian in Seattle then add Category:Wikipedians in Seattle to your userpage so that others can find you.

Active participants[edit]

  1. Foxtreetop (talk · contribs) - Location = South Lake Union, Bellevue
  2. Jmabel (talk · contribs) - Location = Wedgwood
  3. Digital20 (talk · contribs) - Location = Queen Anne
  4. Wsiegmund (talk · contribs) - Location = Ravenna/Bryant, Images mostly
  5. FrogofTime (talk · contribs) - Location = Capitol Hill
  6. Admrboltz (talk · contribs) - Location = SLC, but originally from Issaquah/Renton/Bellevue
  7. Cosman246 (talk · contribs) - Location = Redmond/Sammamish
  8. SchmuckyTheCat (talk · contribs) - Location = China/Seattle
  9. Shannon Garcia (talk · contribs) - Location = U-D/Ravenna/Roosevelt
  10. Publichall (talk · contribs) - Location = The East Side, Mostly historical data
  11. Bluerasberry (talk · contribs) - Location = u-district
  12. Nikkywikky321 (talk · contribs) - Location = Upper Queen Anne
  13. Dennis Bratland (talk · contribs) - Location = Ballard
  14. Ibadibam (talk · contribs) - Location = Central District
  15. Bo Kinney (talk · contribs) - Location = Central District; works at Seattle Room of downtown library
  16. Tgrosinger (talk · contribs) - Location = Maple Leaf
  17. Anstosa (talk · contribs) - Location = University District
  18. Waij (talk · contribs) - Location = University District
  19. Alanchi1 (talk · contribs) - Location = University District
  20. Stilbes (talk · contribs) - Location = Ravenna
  21. Paymoney (talk · contribs) - Location = University Village
  22. Hpeoples (talk · contribs) - Location = Seattle, Rainier Valley
  23. SounderBruce (talk · contribs) - Location = Marysville; I mostly work on transportation articles
  24. Peaceray (talk · contribs) - Location = The portion of the Atlantic neighborhood that Wikivoyage might consider as South Seattle
  25. Jaldous1 (talk · contribs) - Location = Bothell and Newcastle (it's complicated)
  26. LeeColleton (talk · contribs) - Location = Mostly Beacon Hill, Seattle also everywhere
  27. Another Believer (talk · contribs) I live in PDX, but visit Seattle and edit related articles on occasion. ---Another Believer (Talk) 23:37, 18 August 2016 (UTC)[]
  28. MBlairMartin (talk · contribs) - Location = Downtown/Belltown
  29. 19adam99 (talk · contribs) - Location = Lake Stevens, Work mostly on Railroad/Transportation articles
  30. Dweymouth (talk · contribs) - Location = Downtown
  31. VigilantPenguin (talk · contribs) - Location = Eastside (for now)
  32. Bsoyka (talk · contribs) - Location = Steilacoom
  33. Caker18 (talk · contribs) - Location = Everywhere
  34. Mccunicano (talk · contribs) - Location = Rural Japan, but I will be moving to Seattle in the near future
  35. Gerald Waldo Luis (talk · contribs) - Location = Indonesia; interested in the city.
  36. Subzidion (talk · contribs) - Location = Downtown


All related pages should be classified into Category:Seattle, Washington, Category:Seattle metropolitan area, or a subcategory of one of these categories.

Category tree[edit]

To display all subcategories click on the "►":
Seattle(18 C, 21 P, 1 F)
Culture of Seattle(17 C, 113 P)
Economy of Seattle(7 C, 10 P)
Education in Seattle(4 C, 13 P)
Events in Seattle(2 C, 3 P)
Geography of Seattle(7 C, 13 P)
Government of Seattle(5 C, 26 P)
History of Seattle(10 C, 98 P)
Seattle-related lists(5 C, 30 P)
Mass media in Seattle(5 C, 9 P)
People from Seattle(3 C, 201 P)
Ships built in Seattle(3 C, 207 P)
Sports in Seattle(11 C, 17 P)
Transportation in Seattle(8 C, 51 P, 1 F)
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Cities in the Seattle metropolitan area[edit]

See Category:Cities in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Many of these need serious work, as they aren't far from the auto-generated entries. List of cities in Washington (by population) might help with this; it highlights Seattle-area cities in green.

Seattle, Washington[edit]

Seattle, Washington is a featured article and appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as "Today's featured article" on October 17, 2005.

Seattle neighborhoods[edit]

See Category:Neighborhoods in Seattle and List of Seattle neighborhoods.

So far, we have named neighborhoods XXXXX, Seattle. As of August 2008, virtually all articles have at least been started, though many are still rather stubby.

Open tasks[edit]

Selected Tasks[edit]

Use {{WikiProjectSeattleTasks}} to include the template below on your user page or elsewhere.

Clipboard.svg Here are some open WikiProject Seattle tasks; some of these are not started, and all could use expansion and/or better referencing:

Feel free to edit this list or discuss these tasks.

Complete list[edit]

  • Work on Seattle (especially by making it more text and fewer lists).
  • Partially merge Puget Sound and Seattle metropolitan area.
  • You can add {{WikiProject United States|class= |importance= |Seattle=yes|Seattle-importance= }} to talk pages of Seattle-related articles; it will display as follows, and also place those talk pages into a category related to this project.
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See Neighborhoods of Seattle and Category:Neighborhoods in Seattle for a more or less complete list.

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A lot of these could be improved by using a more normal citation style.

Buildings and structures[edit]


See this page for a complete list. The local, far from complete list is at List of Seattle parks.


  • About half of the winners of the Stranger Genius Awards lack articles, and several of the articles we do have are short. Also, most lack photos. Winners are mostly individuals, although about 20% are organizations. Among the 50+ award winners over the course of a decade are:
    • Sherman Alexie, semi-decent article as of 2012, but has potential for a very major article
    • Lori Goldston, cellist, Stranger Genius Award winner, played with Nirvana; looks like as of 2018 someone has done a decent job on this one
    • Jeffry Mitchell, artist. Stranger Genius Award winner, major 2012 show at the Henry.
    • Jonathan Raban
    • Susan Robb, artist, one of the first Stranger Genius Award winners.
  • Very few of the local artists in the recent Frye Art Museum exhibit Mw Moment Magnitude have articles; some are among the people listed below, some aren't. There is a good bit of overlap with the Stranger Genius Awards.
  • Another overlapping list: winners of Seattle Art Museum's Betty Bowen Award. Bowen herself has slightly more than a stub.
  • Ralph Anderson (Seattle architect), a key figure in the revival of Pioneer Square. We now have a good starter article; could definitely use some images of private houses he designed.
  • Kichio Allen Arai, "Seattle's first Asian American architect to design buildings under his own name." "Kichio Allen Arai on"., see also Rash, David A. (2014). "Kichio Allen Arai". In Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl; Suttles, Wayne P (eds.). Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. ISBN 9780295993485. OCLC 856647647.
  • William Rankin Ballard
  • Powell Barnett: musician, athlete, activist, has a Seattle park named after him.
  • Ross Palmer Beecher, artist; work has hung in places ranging from the Seattle Art Museum to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, with permanent installations at (among others) Safeco Field and Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Documentary film of Beecher; basically an interview, possibly good for quotations, should certainly be linked once we have an article.
  • Jherek Bischoff, musician, good piece on him here by Brendan Kiley that mentions enough collaborations with prominent musicians to make the notability thing pretty clear.
  • Gregory Blackstock (artist)
  • Carson Boren (one of Seattle's founders), way under-cited, and probably a bit stubby (mostly just family stuff)
  • Stan Boreson, b. 1925, "King of Scandinavian Humor"
  • Kay Bullitt (philanthropist), philanthropist
  • Calvin Brainerd Cady, major influence on Nellie Cornish; she was eventually able to hire him as associate director of the Cornish School
  • Kenneth Callahan, mid-20th century artist, barely a stub
  • Buddy Catlett, jazz musician [2]
  • Frank B. Cooper, two decades as superintendent of schools
  • Claire Cowie, artist [3]
  • John Curley: current TV and radio personality and host of KING 5's "Evening Magazine"
  • Thelma Dewitty, first African American teacher in Seattle Public Schools
  • Aaron Dixon, activist. Good starter article, but clearly no one has worked through his memoir as a source.
  • Paul Dorpat, Seattle historian
  • Jesse Epstein, pioneer of Seattle public housing and, with Yesler Terrace, of racial integration.
  • Bob Ferguson (politician) reads like a campaign ad as of 2012-11-26, needs work.
  • Buddy Foley: musician, "ladybug guy," all-around character. Most known just as a highly visible figure on the Seattle scene for the last half-century or so. Should be plenty of third-party documentation.
  • Richard Fuller (Seattle Art Museum), founder of SAM
  • Daniel Hunt Gilman, (as in "Burke-Gilman Trail")
  • Nicola Griffith, British-born writer, lives in Seattle
  • Austin E. Griffiths, "father of Seattle's playgrounds" says Richard C. Berner
  • Ivar Haglund
  • Barry Henthorn, CEO of
  • Adrian Hanauer, CEO of Northwest Framing Company, owner of Seattle Sounders (USL)
  • Richard Hugo, not much more than a stub.
  • Thomas J. Humes, mayor for 6 years during the "open city" Yukon Gold Rush era
  • Indigo Blue, probably the city's most prominent present-day burlesque performer
  • Bertha Knight Landes, first woman to be mayor of a major American city, we have a stub
  • Erika Langley, photographer, memoirist ("The Lusty Lady").
  • Ed Leimbacher - writer and producer of classic Rainier Beer TV ads of 1970s to 1990s. See HIS BLOG for general background getting started.
  • Gary Little, judge, suicide over accusations of child abuse
  • Kelly Lyles (artist): might be a marginal call for notability, but certainly quite a Seattle character, and I suspect that with a bit of work notability could be established. - Jmabel | Talk 02:07, 19 November 2012 (UTC)[]
  • Roy McMakin, artist [4]
  • J. A. Moore: Moore Theatre, main developer of Capitol Hill and University Heights. Also, promoter in 1906 of a less ambitious scheme for a lock at Ballard that stimulated the one that was ultimately built.
  • Mark A. Matthews, Presbyterian minister, prominent Prohibitionist
  • Thomas T. Minor, mayor, disappeared on a canoe trip
  • Asa Mercer
  • Charles Mudede: article is a bit stubby as of November 2012, and citation apparatus is a mess.
  • Abe Osheroff, Spanish Civil War vet and activist extraordinaire (died April 6, 2008). We have a bit more than a stub. has numerous links to articles that would be a basis to expand this.
  • Norm Rice
  • James T. Ronald, mayor, prominent judge (including the trial of the Wobblies after the Everett Massacre)
  • James Delmage Ross (as of 2015-08-05, just a redirect to Skagit River Hydroelectric Project; usually just called James D. Ross, there should be a redirect between these once there is an article) of Ross Dam and Ross Lake fame: important in the history of City Light.
  • Ann Rule
  • Eli Sanders, Pulitzer-winning writer for The Stranger
  • Cecelia Schultz, most prominent Seattle impresario of the 1930s and 1940s
  • E.O. Schwagerl, Seattle's first Park Supervisor
  • Paul Schell, mayor - pretty decent B-class article as of December 2018
  • Bill "The Beerman" Scott - legendary Seattle sports beer vendor; see Rick "The Peanut Man" Kaminski for possible in-links.
  • Tiberio Simone, chef. See,
  • Sam Smith (politician), first African-American to serve on the city council.
  • Bill Speidel
  • Norm Stamper
  • Sidney Dix Strong, pacifist Congregationalist minister, author, father of Anna Louise Strong
  • Victor Steinbrueck
  • Margaret Tompkins, artist. Why is it not surprising that of the many artists whose works are cast in concrete at the Betty Bowen Viewpoint, the only one who doesn't have a Wikipedia article as of December 2012 is the one woman?
  • George Francis Vanderveer, "Counsel for the Damned"
  • Charles "Wappy" Wappenstein, famously corrupt police chief
  • Henry Yesler
  • Many red links at List of University of Washington Presidents; of these, at least Thomas Franklin Kane deserves an article.
  • Several red links in List of mayors of Seattle

Not everything listed here is necessarily notable. Do be prepared to justify notability if you take these on.


Bridges and tunnels[edit]

Many other major U.S. cities have articles about their major streets. There are almost none of these for Seattle as of November 2012. See Category:Streets in Seattle, Washington.







We have a near stub on the 2012 Seattle cafe shooting spree. We do not have much biographical information on the victims (even though at least two were rather well-known musicians) nor on the Café Racer (Seattle) even though it is a pretty prominent music venue, and it would be easy to find third-party articles about the music scene centered there. - Jmabel | Talk 02:04, 19 November 2012 (UTC)[]

Photos wanted[edit]

See Category:Wikipedia requested photographs in Seattle for the main list of articles needing photos. Free images, of course. For some of these, we have fair use images, but those aren't really a good solution.

  • If anyone wants to do a photo expedition some weekend, or (once the days get long) evening, let me know. - Jmabel | Talk 02:43, 26 January 2008 (UTC)[]
  • People
  • Buildings
    • We're still a bit short on the craftsman houses that are probably the most typical Seattle architecture of the 1910s and 1920s.
    • Landmarks: a (very) few of the List of Landmarks in Seattle still lack images as of August 2015:
    • Other demolished buildings
      • Film Exchange Building
      • Does anyone have a picture of the previous downtown library (the Paul Thiry building that was there between the Carnegie Library and the present Rem Koolhaus building)?
      • How about the Jewish Chapel that used to stand at 12th & Spruce
  • Neighborhoods
  • Transportation in Seattle
    • We have some relevant pictures, but we could use some that are more to the purpose. Especially it would be good to have pictures showing multi-modal transportation: park-and-ride lots; cars, bikes, and motorcycles on a ferry; bikes on the front of a bus.
  • Surrounding area: We have a reasonable number of Seattle images (though of course there are many specific ones still to be added) but barely a handful of images of most nearby communities.

Section updated by Jmabel | Talk 00:18, 6 August 2015 (UTC)[]


  • The government archives of Washington state, all the way back to the first election in Washington Territory, have been put online (news article). The website is Surely there's information here we can slide in to our 'pedia, at the very least, election and office holder records, perhaps even detailed census information. (Mentioned by Golbez 21:07, Oct 7, 2004 (UTC) on Wikipedia:Village pump (miscellaneous) He doesn't say anything about whether some of this might not be public domain; a note on that would be useful.)
  • HistoryLink is an excellent self-described Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. The materials are copyrighted, so have respect for that, but the information is uniformly excellent and there are usually numerous useful references on most articles.
  • Seattle has an uncommonly good archives department, part of the City Clerk's office. Among other things, Seattle has scanned the entire Kroll 1920 city atlas; search for Kroll 1920.
  • Baist's 1912 Seattle atlas is available at
  • Baist's 1908 Seattle atlas is available at
  • The first two of the three volumes of Clarence B. Bagley, History of Seattle From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company (Chicago:1916) are now online through Google Books. Good source, among other things, for photos of prominent early Seattleites (though not if they are Asian or Black).
  • A very early Seattle history, Frederic James Grant, History of Seattle, Washington with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, American Publishing and Engraving Co., 1891, is also online at Google Books although a few pages are poorly scanned. p. 362 et. seq. looks like a pretty good account of early Seattle newspapers.
  • And don't forget the thousands of photos at Commons:Category:Seattle, Washington, including hundreds in Commons:Category:Seattle, Washington before 1950 and its subcategories.
  • Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Context Statements. A ton of first-rate material, little of which has been mined for Wikipedia, and which usually does not show up high in Google searches.
  • Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project describes the history of racial segregation and multi-racial movements for racial justice in the Seattle area during the 20th century.
  • Professor James N. Gregory's Pacific Northwest Labor History Projects provide comprehensive online histories of the 1919 General Strike in Seattle, the Communist Party in Washington State, the labor press in Washington, the history of waterfront workers in the Puget Sound, the history of farmworkers in Washington state, workers and unions at the University of Washington, and a history of the World Trade Organization protests in 1999.
  • Also, on just plain library resources: the Seattle Public Library has an excellent collection; the particularly good non-circulating collection in the Seattle Room on the 10th floor of the downtown library includes Polk's Directories for Seattle clear back to the 19th century, and the periodicals collection is also quite thorough. Both the Everett and Burien public libraries also have excellent Northwest collections.
  • Rob Ketcherside has published a list of historic street renamings in South Seattle. Many of these relate to annexations of extensions to the city.


A wide variety of local newspaper archives are available online with the use of a local library card. Most systems in Washington state are able to give reciprocal cards to members of other Washington state library systems.

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