Category Archives: Local History

Bluff Trail – Coupeville Area

The Bluff Trail is a gem of a hike on central Whidbey Island, just a few miles from Coupeville.  We hiked this loop trail at the end of September, and also visited the Sunnyside Cemetery and some other historic buildings … Continue reading

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Alger Alp via Squires Lake Park Trails

Alger Alp, also called Old Baldy by the locals, is a lowland peak that is part of the Chuckanut Mountain system, east of I-5.  It is composed mostly of Chuckanut Sandstone and shale.  It has been logged at least once, … Continue reading

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Clayton Beach Hike

Clayton Beach is just a 2/3 mile hike, each way, from the parking area, excellent for those who are looking for a little workout or families with wee ones.  If you are driving Chuckanut Drive this is a great place … Continue reading

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Squires Lake Park and Trail

What a close place to hike, did not know how I missed it!  Just, literally, 2 minutes from I-5 in the very fringe of north Skagit County.  This County Park is a hidden gem!  The Park is jointly managed by … Continue reading

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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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Famous and the infamous that went to MY High School

With the help from the MVHS (Mount Vernon High School) Facebook group: I have linked to Wikipedia, if available, other site if not.   Cheryl Bentyne, Ross Mathews, Glenn Beck, Jim Caviezel, Mark Hendrickson, Kathi McDonald, Chad Lindberg, Amberleigh West, … 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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Grandy Lake

Grandy Lake is a ‘hidden gem’ Skagit County Park.  It is right along the road to the Baker Lake area, which sees a lot more visitors.  Me included.  But taking the time to stop and wet the little kayak for … 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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