Looking Back: Greetings from Alaska — and a Chugiak bus story

For those who may wonder what happened to me, Anchorage, Alaska is now my home. I will continue to write from here about some of the history of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. However, what follows this time is a wonderful story written by a newsman from Alaska. It is an unusual story and I…

Looking Back: South Snohomish County place names from the past

This artist’s drawing depicts the former Hughes Memorial Methodist-Episcopal Church of Edmonds. Opened in 1924, the Spanish-mission-style church replaced the small 1908 Swedish Methodist Church. Hughes Methodist Church become a familiar and beloved landmark in downtown Edmonds at the intersection of Fifth and Dayton Streets on the northwest corner of what was popularly known as…

Looking Back: Memories of another time and a special building

Personal memories As the years pass, it seems inevitable that Lynnwood’s old buildings will all disappear and only memories of another time will be left to us. Recently, when I walked by the red-brick building pictured here and saw that it was for sale, I could not help but wonder if this historic building would…

Looking Back: The birth and evolution of Highway 99 in south Snohomish County, part 2

Part 2 of 2. You can read Part 1 here. Prohibition and a new highway make strange bedfellows The stretch of highway between Seattle Heights and the King/Snohomish line became home to several roadhouses besides McKenzie’s Bungalow Inn mentioned earlier. The most well-known were the doomed Blakewood Inn at Seattle Heights; The Ranch, one-half mile…

Looking Back: The birth and evolution of Highway 99 in south Snohomish County

Part 1 of 2. Most new highways open with a ceremony, including a ribbon cutting and some speeches by dignitaries — maybe even a brass band. However, the opening of Pacific Highway (Highway 99 or SR99) at the Snohomish/King County line was different. At the county line, the highway to Everett opened sometime very early…

Looking back: A new beginning for a historic veterans memorial monument

Looking Forward to a new and final home. Just in time to celebrate its 70th anniversary, the South Snohomish County veterans memorial monument has found a new home. This memorial had its beginning in the spring of 1948. With its move this month from downtown Edmonds, the memorial monument is now located at the Edmonds…

Looking back: Remembering the Sears of my childhood

A few days ago, I walked down to Alderwood Mall and took a picture of the last vestige of Lynnwood’s former Sears store. Yes, it is closed now, and a lot of the history of our community is gone. A few months ago, when I heard that our Sears store would be closing and the…