Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Fremont Troll
The Troll Under the Bridge
Special thanks to: Barbara Luecke • Judy & David Juryi • Denise Fogleman • Roger Wheeler • Peter Bevis • Jim Adamson • Cameron Mason • Johann Enderlein • Maque Davis • Chuck Nafziger • Gary Nordgulen • Memory of Sandie Smith • NJ Burns Co. • Larry Nelson • Black Duck Motors • The Burke Co. • Hensons’ Masonry • Claude Utley.
Please direct inquiries concerning any use of the design or image of The Fremont Troll to the artists or to the Fremont Arts
Erected 1990 by The Fremont Arts Council. Etched plaque donated by Acu-line Corporation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Places.
Location. 47° 39.068′ N, 122° 20.844′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of North 36th Street and Troll Avenue North, on the right when traveling east on North 36th Street. Troll Avenue runs under the bridge, which carries Aurora Avenue (State Highway 99) over the Fremont Cut. You can reach The Fremont Troll from Fremont Avenue by turning east onto 36th or 35th streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lenin in Fremont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fremont Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Boeing's Lake Union Seaplane Hangar (approx. one mile away); Seattle Fisherman's Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); George Washington (approx. 1.7 miles away); De La Mar Apartments (approx. 1.8 miles away); Medal of Honor Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Naval Training Station Seattle (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
Regarding The Fremont Troll. From Wikipedia: The idea of a troll living under a bridge is derived from the Norwegian fairy tale
In 1990, the Fremont Arts Council launched an art competition whose partial goal was to rehabilitate the area under the bridge, which was becoming a dumping ground and haven for drug dealers. The piece, built later that same year, won the competition.
The Troll is a mixed media colossal statue under the north end of the George Washington Memorial Bridge (also known as the Aurora Bridge). It is clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above. The vehicle has a California license plate.
Also see . . .
1. Fremont Troll’s web page. (Submitted on November 18, 2016.)
2. Concrete Trolls (not Trowels). This page has photos taken during the Fremont Troll’s creation. (Submitted on November 18, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.