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Local History

In January 1943, a riot involving more than 100 teens broke out on the corner of 85th and Greenwood in Seattle.

Police responded to the incident and looked for an answer to the overall issue of juvenile crime and vandalism, a growing problem in the community.

In response, Deputy Joe Woelfert opened the first Boys & Girls Club in Washington state—the Greenwood Boys Club (now the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club). The Club was a great success; within two years, eight Clubs sprouted up in the area. Club Fact Sheet