Category Archives: Mt. Vernon

Working Waterfront 1900/Playing Waterfront 2015

The Mount Vernon, WA waterfront on the Skagit River in 1900 shows off the heyday of the riverboat era.  Three sternwheelers in this one photo. Same view, more or less, in 2015, showing the new Riverwalk and Flood Wall. ’til … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Ronnies on Old 99 South in Mt. Vernon, WA

I vaguely remember the arched roof of Ronnie’s on Old 99 south in the 1960s.  Was interested anew when I came across this postcard view.  Too bad that there are not any cars in the view, that would have helped … Continue reading

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Then and Now: The Puget Sound and Cascade Railway Trestle

It did not take much detective work to find the location of this great ‘Then’ photo, taken sometime in the 1920s.  The caption says looking east up present-day Gunderson Road.  I was already familiar with the route of this logging … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Old 99 coming into South Mount Vernon

The speed limit in the city limits of Mount Vernon, WA is still 25 MPH.  This photo, taken in 1935, shows that we mean it!  This was the south city limit starting in 1910, at Blackburn Rd.  It was not … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Mount Vernon, WA – 1st and Kincaid St

I am going to start to post, in this blog post, all the photos that I run across taken looking north from or near the corner of 1st and Kincaid in downtown Mount Vernon, Skagit County, WA  I’ll try to … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Kincaid and S. 1st, Mount Vernon, WA

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 … Continue reading

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Big Rock Hike

This short hike is just a few miles east of Highland Garden House.  It is sort of an urban peak.  A through-the forest and out into-the-open hike with a steep scramble near the top.  Click the photo for full size … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Mount Vernon Union High School

This local history post is about a place that is near, literally, and dear to me. I graduated from this school in 1970. And, Highland Garden House Bed and Breakfast has a view of the front of the school. I … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Riverside Drive at Kulshan Creek

The ‘Then’ photo was taken looking South on Riverside Drive in Mount Vernon, WA. in 1921, during a flood event.  The photographer was standing on that little high area where the railroad tracks crossed the road.  This high place seems … Continue reading

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Then and Now: College Way and I-5

This very spar looking overpass, even before the approach fill is added, looks like it is in the middle of a corn field, which it is, in 1955!  This view of the College Way and I-5 overpass was taken looking … Continue reading

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