Seven hills of Seattle

Seven hills of Seattle

Seattle, Washington is sometimes claimed to have been built on seven hills. Many other cities of the world have similar traditions. Rome, for example, was said to have been built on seven hills, as was the city later founded to succeed it as the capital of the Roman Empire, Constantinople.

There is no firm consensus on precisely which hills constitute the seven hills of Seattle. Walt Crowley considered the following the "main candidates":
* First Hill, also known as 'Pill Hill' for its preponderance of hospitals
* Yesler Hill, also known as Profanity Hill in what is now the First Hill neighborhood, site of present-day Harborview Medical Center and the Yesler Terrace housing project.
* Second Hill or Renton Hill (both names have passed out of common usage; it referred to an area roughly centered at 18th Avenue and Madison Street, and in present-day parlance would be considered to constitute upper Capitol Hill and upper First Hill.) [Map of the city of Seattle, "The New Encyclopedic Atlas & Gazetteer of the World, 1917 Edition", P. F. Collier & Son, p. 234] David Wilma, [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=3157 Renton Hill residents organize Seattle's first community club on June 18, 1901] , HistoryLink, April 1, 2001. Accessed 26 January 2008.]
* Denny Hill (razed, see sub article for details on the Denny regrade project.)
* Capitol Hill
* Queen Anne Hill
* Beacon Hill

Arguably West Seattle should be included in this list; however it was originally incorporated as a separate city, pre-dating Seattle, and not annexed by Seattle until 1907 [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=3428] . Other hills sometimes said to be among the original seven include:
* Magnolia
* Crown Hill (not annexed until 1954 [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=7514] )

Notes

References

*Walt Crowley, [http://www.historylink.org/output.cfm?file_id=4131 Seattle's Seven Hills] HistoryLink, January 14, 2003. Accessed January 26, 2008.

ee also

*History of Seattle before 1900
*Seven hills of Rome - probably the origin of the romanticism of 'seven hills'.
*List of San Francisco, California Hills - another city said to have been founded on seven hills.


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