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Oct 27, 2017



Baked and Awake

EPISODE 13, October 28th 2017

Hosts: Steve Cominski, George W Masters, Palu Kingston


The Martha Washington School for Insane Girls, Seattle WA on Lake Washington, is rumored to be one of Seattle’s most haunted places. Rumors of Violence, Poor treatment, Suicide, and even murder pervade the history of the facility. Despite the persistence of these stories, Seattle seems to have all but forgotten this dark portion of its children’s history.

Sterile though the historical timeline below this essay may be, this School has a story that is still trying to be told, with locals bearing witness to having heard strange noises, the sounds of running footsteps, and even screams on the grounds, today a city park. These spirits, if that’s what they are, as further said to inhabit the trees, some of which are clearly almost a century old, and rumored to have been planted by patients/inmates of the “School”.  Bullies and would be Muggers etc seem to fall victim to the ghosts, while troubled teens, particularly teenage girls are said to derive a dark sense of comfort from them.

While I’ve so far been unable to find a record of the school’s darker side that names names or gives specifics of who dies when and how- I think that is perhaps a little less important, and no more scary to hear about, than to simply recall what routinely went on in State run institutions of this sort throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. While the normal world turned slowly around them, patients of Asylums, Conservatoriums, Hospitals, University Hospitals, and more were regularly experimented upon. Sometimes with therapeutic aims, other times, the motivations were much less clear.

  • Details:
  • File on MW School
  • Name: Parental Home for Girls
  • Location: 3404 (N)E 68th Street
  • Building: Wood
  • Site: 1.23 acres
  • 1914: Opened on April 1
  • 1918: Renamed Girls' Parental School
  • 1921: Closed
  • 1922: Leased to Ruth School
  • 1933: Leased to Medina Baby Home
  • 1945: Site sold in September
  • Name: Girls' Parental School
  • Location: 6612 57th Avenue S
  • Building: 2-story brick
  • Architect: Floyd A. Naramore
  • Site: 9.87 acres
  • 1921: Opened
  • 1928: Residential annex added on site (n.a.)
  • 1930: Addition (n.a.)
  • 1931: Name changed to Martha Washington School for Girls
  • 1957: Closed as Seattle Public School; site leased to state
  • 1965: Closed as a residential school
  • 1968-69: Alternative program site
  • 1970-71: Alternative school site
  • 1972: Sold to City of Seattle
  • 1983: Used by the Cornerstone Montessori Academy
  • 1989: Buildings demolished
  • Use of Martha Washington School site in 2000
  • Martha Washington Park