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.

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Giving Tuesday 2017

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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!