Fremont


This neighborhood is named after Fremont Nebraska, which is the hometown of two of its founders, L. H. Griffith and E. Blewett. Its boundaries aren’t fixed, but are thought to be the Ship Canal to the south, Stone Way N to the east, N 50th Street to the north, and 8th Avenue NW to the west.

Fremont is home to the famous Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-tall (5 m) concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand. It was created in 1990 and is situated under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. The street running under the bridge and ending at the Troll was renamed Troll Avenue N. in 2005. In addition, signs throughout Fremont give such helpful advice as “Set your watch ahead five minutes”, “Set your watch back five minutes” and “Throw your watch away.” Other landmarks include the Fremont Rocket, a Fairchild C-119 tail boom modified to resemble a missile, and the outdoor sculpture, Waiting for the Interurban.

The Fremont Arts Council sponsors several highly attended annual events in Fremont. One of those events is the Summer Solstice Parade & Pageant, which has made Fremont famous for its nude Solstice Cyclists. Another event is the Troll-a-ween.

Also important to Fremont is the large block on Linden Avenue N. that contains the B.F. Day Elementary School and B.F. Day Playground, two separate entities. B.F. Day is the longest continually operating school in the Seattle school district, having been founded in 1892. Besides the B.F. Day playfield, Fremont has two small public parks, Fremont Peak Park just south of N. 45th Street and A.B. Ernst Park next to the library. The Burke-Gilman Trail passes through Fremont just north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The large Gas Works Park is just east of Fremont on the north shore of Lake Union.