Category Archives: Historical Photographs

Once a town – East Stanwood, 1922-1960

East Stanwood 1909

Stanwood was once two towns.  The original pre-1890s riverfront “town” grew during the 1870s and 1880s at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River.  Then when the railroad went through a mile east, a new commercial district formed around the depot referred to as “East Stanwood.”  The photos are then and now views of East Stanwood before the commercial buildings were built.

East Stanwood was platted in 1906 but not incorporated until 1922.  In the meantime the commercial area we now know grew as the railroad provided more direct transportation than the steamboats that served the original Stanwood near the Twin City Foods area.  In the top photo the H&H railroad tracks are visible on the left.

The two story building on the left still exists but was moved to 27122 88th Ave. N.W. It was known as the Peterson Apartments.

“East Stanwood” 2018

The early buildings in the top photo seem much closer to the tracks than they appear in this contemporary view.

Visit the museum for more of the story.  See also other articles  East Stanwood businesses , Historic city hall,

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Giving Tuesday 2017

Giving Tuesday Click here for more info

Line art by Peter Beaulieu capturing the historical details of the house in in the 1990s.

On Tuesday Nov 28 the Stanwood Camano community is participating in a collective day of giving.  One of the recipients is the Stanwood Area Historical Society.  We are asking for funds to supplement our budget for repairs and rehabilitation of the D. O. Pearson House Museum windows and other general maintenance historical repairs.  The repair project plan is described on this link: https://www.scgive.org/sahs_project

The photo below depicts the Pearson in the 1920s or 30s, sometime before the wooden sidewalks were replaced by concrete.  The photographer of the day is unknown

Turkey Farm

Happy Thanksgiving !

Sixty years ago, the Williams Turkey Farm was among the few agricultural businesses on the Island. It is remembered by many local residents, please send us your stories of this or any local Camano Island or Stanwood business!
Thanks!

Historical Photograph Calendars for 2017

SAHS General Meeting & Election
Thursday September 22nd • 6 p.m.
There will be a complimentary barbeque served courtesy of the SAHS Board at 6 pm followed by the Annual Meeting about 7-ish.  The meeting will include elections to the Board and Reports on SAHS accomplishments over the last year and details on plans for the future.  At the Floyd.

Historical Photograph Calendar 2017 - Available now.

Historical Photograph Calendar 2017 – Available now.

New Exhibits Afternoon & Norway Night – Sunday Sept 18th

Sunday, September 18th

Open House • Tour the New and Updated Museum Exhibits in Museum behind the D. O Pearson House
1 – 4 p.m.

Followed By
Hors d’oeuvres & History
Norway Night • 4 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 18th
Join us for Norwegian desserts and refreshments while hearing Norwegian pioneer family histories and short presentations on the Norwegian influence on Stanwood and vicinity.
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

New and Revised Exhibits

4thofJulyBakery

Visit our new exhibits on the 4th of July.  Photograph is of an early parade in front of the Stanwood bakery that was on Main Street (brick street, 270th NW)

Many of our exhibits have been undergoing extensive revisions and some are completely new. Our museum behind the Pearson House has new display hanging systems and exhibit lighting (completely LED) thanks to a Snohomish County Community Heritage grant in received in 2015.

Please make an appointment for a tour with one of our board members or volunteers to lead you through the changes.  If you come by during our open hours and we have no one available, please make an appointment.  We welcome new volunteers, especially people who would like to learn more history and share it as a tour guide.  We will match you up with someone to learn from, contact us.

  • D. O. Pearson House – Historic home of Stanwood’s first mayor. Maintained as a Victorian Period Home.
    Includes Miniature Dollhouses – Third floor, Pearson House

  • Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center – Historic Fraternal Hall used as event space with museum exhibit featured on the third floor. The last few years have featured Waistlines & Hemlines Fashion and Vintage Women’s Clothing Exhibit.

  • Stanwood Camano Area Museum

    • Stanwood High Schools’ Class Picture Project – Museum ramp
    • Market & Main Street History in Pictures – Museum ramp
    • East Stanwood History in Pictures – Museum ramp
    • Early Stanwood / Camano Area Fabric Art — Sewn by Camano Island Quilters & designed by Jack Gunter – – Museum 2nd Floor
    • The Story of the Stanwood Waterfront – Stillaguamish River and aerial views of historic Stanwood. – Museum 2nd Floor
    • The Stories Maps Tell – A Cartographer’s View of Port Susan, Stanwood Area and Camano Island. – Museum 2nd Floor
    • Country Schools and Town Schools – Photographs of Stanwood Area Historic Schools – Museum Stair Display area

And there is more to follow soon !