This little jog in Main Street has gone through a lot of changes in less than 100 years. It is where Main Street ends and is actually a continuation of 1st Street. The grade of Main is the top of the dike and at one time also held the railroad tracks for the Interurban Line and the Mount Vernon Terminal Railroad. In the 1920 photo, the tracks on the left go south further along the dike. The turn around loop in this photo is set partially over the Skagit River on piles. This is where the interurban cars were turned around and headed back toward Fairhaven. The tracks ended here for the Interurban, but a spur went further south another 500 feet or so, to serve the warehouses and milk condenseries that were build along the river. The original plan was to extend to Everett and connect with existing tracks to Seattle, but the Depression and World War II intervened.
Passengers would board the Interurban on the dike side of the Station, located on the corner of 1st and Kincaid. In later years this station-side lot held Vaux Pharmacy and Kincaid Landing. For the leg south, passengers would board buses on 1st and be bused to Everett.
In the 2013 photo the old Moose Hall still stands almost where the turn around loop stood. Do not know much about the history of this building, but it did contain the Moose hall bar and restaurant, which overlooked the river. On the east end was an open hall, used for a variety of purposes.
The tracks would have been in the middle of this street, 1st, which were pulled up about 2005, in preparation for the new Mount Vernon Flood Wall and River Walk.
In the 2015 photo the Moose Hall is completely gone. The photo clearly shows the jog in the street on top of the old dike; to the right, towards the river, is the new parking area behind the new Flood Wall and River Walk.
(The Interurban line seemed to be plagued with accidents. I am posting a few here, also. I have also heard that the over-the-water stretch along Samish Bay was made with green timbers and piling, and that contributed to an early failure of all the trestle work.)
’til next time,
Highland Garden House B & B
501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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