Seattle beginnings: Greenlake Post Office opens on December 5, 1894.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 1/01/1999
  • Essay 562

The opening of a post office is an important marker of the beginning of a community. On December 5, 1894, the Greenlake Post Office opens. Matilda S. Petersen is appointed postmaster. The Green Lake post office was located within the present city limits of Seattle in the Greenlake neighborhood at the southwest corner of NE 72nd Street and Woodlawn Avenue NE. It was located in the Greenlake Grocery, which also served as the postmaster's residence.

Green Lake became a neighborhood of Seattle upon annexation on May 3, 1891. On July 15, 1901, post office operations were transferred to the Seattle Post Office.


Guy Reed Ramsey, "Postmarked Washington, 1850-1960," Microfilm (Olympia: Washington State Library, February, 1966), 655.

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