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A Spa Opens at Licton Springs


licton springs spa sign
photos: Seattle Municipal Archives

By 1934, the springs came in the hands of E.Jensen who built and opened the only spa to operate on this site. The spa offered thermal baths that included 19 minerals. Jensen also bottled the water and sold it countrywide.
When Jensen died in 1951, the land was purchased by A.R. Patterson, who planned on expanding the now defunct spa by building a $500,000 sanitarium. house at licton springs
photos: Seattle Municipal Archives

He convinced the City Council to rezone the area to permit the large health institution. Luckily, in 1960, before the institution was built, the site was purchased by the city of Seattle for use as a park.

In 1963, the state and federal government condemned a large portion of the eastern side of the neighborhood for the construction of I-5. This was followed in 1968 by further condemnation for the building of North Seattle Community College. Many of these areas contained wetlands now lost to building sites. In 1975, the Forward Thrust Bond Issue allotted money to develop the Licton Springs Park. It has since evolved into a unique combination of passive use natural areas contrasted by wide lawns conducive to picnicking, strolling and sporting activities.


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