Stanwood and Camano Island have many local parks to enjoy holiday hikes. Almost all of them are historical parks and thanks to many years of interpretation projects, their stories are there to be read.
Our two State Parks plus a few little Island County Parks (Barnum Point, Iverson, English Boom, and Kayak Point on Port Susan are great places to observe wildlife, sunshine and possibly share your memories of the parks and how they were established.
Hutchison Park, Camano Island
On the South end of Camano Island, the Walter G. Hutchison Park was established in 1979 and is used by neighbors, walkers, and bikers and those who are just on a drive around the island. It is perhaps our smallest park with a short trail maintained by local volunteers and we know very little about it. It is located at 3227 South East Camano Drive.
We have been looking into more information to properly document its history and will update this story when we can. Contact us if you know more information.
Now it has a new feature, it’s own little library in a telephone booth managed by our park volunteers.
Walter G Hutchinson plaque dated 1979.
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Little Library in the telephone booth, South End Camano Island
Join us for Jerry Magelssen’s updated “Historic Camano Barns” Program Oct 20.
One of the barns featured will undoubtedly be the Iverson Barn below. Don’t miss it! The barn in the photograph below is the Iverson Barn built in 1913. It was used for crops, hay from the diked fields below. It was demolished in the early 2000s. Part of the original farm is Iverson Trail Preserve.
The above photograph is of the Iverson Barn, built in 1913. It stood above Livingston Bay for decades used by the Iverson Family. It had to be demolished for safety reasons in the early 2000s.
September is a full month at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center. Begin your Historic Sites Tour at the Floyd and see our newly refinished floor in the main hall ! This is the first of a series of FNCC improvement projects planned for the coming years by the Stanwood Area Historical Society to continue to provide historical and cultural events in the community.
Sanding and refinishing were done by Wood Pro Floors in Stanwood.
The photo on the right shows the Floyd’s main hall from the balcony. The color will be lighter than the previous floor when sanding and refinishing are completed though not quiet as light as it is in this photograph. For the first few decades it was used by and known as the I O O F Hall. The International Order of Odd Fellows held their meetings on the 2nd floor and some of their decorations remain. For the last 15 years the hall has been successfully serving as the community’s cultural center.
New Volunteers always welcome to keep this vital institution alive!
Stanwood newspapers were challenged by the renaming of the town(s) it served over the last century. Originally the Stanwood Press, it was also known as the Twin City News and finally the Stanwood Camano News. Until recently it was locally owned but is now part of large of conglomerate of small newspaper companies all over the country.
Its first news office was typical of 19th century storefronts, this one located on Main Street. In front is Attorney Mitchell who published the paper until the early 1910s when it was taken over by “Olsen and [George] Astel” and later Loren Angevine who owned it until 1930 with G. F. Brown.
In 1931 Brown took over and it was renamed the Twin City News.
In 1939 Brown sold to Horn and Dence who owned it until 1958 when Cliff Danielson took it over in 1958 and who renamed the newspaper the Stanwood
Stanwood News office building 1920s – 1976
In 1960 with the consolidation of the towns it was renamed the Stanwood News. In 1980 it became the Stanwood Camano News.
Recently and just in time for Memorial Day, the Camano Lutheran Cemetery Board commissioned a new monument at its entry. The old sign had finally deteriorated beyond saving or fixing, road improvements needed to be made and new landscaping and plantings were added. Cemetery Board members are a group of four volunteers who manage burials as well as all improvements and documentation such places require.
Camano Lutheran Cemetery, East Camano Dr.
The improvements were funded through many donations of time and money by community members and with assistance from the Washington State Historic Cemetery Grant Program. For a complete list of contributors and more details about the extent of the project, please see this pdf of the report CamanoLutheranCemetery 2019. The Camano Lutheran Cemetery is located on a hillside and is a quiet place for contemplation and solace. You may visit any time and tours will be given during the Stanwood Camano Historic Sites tour on Sept 19.