Category Archives: Historical Places

Historic Gas Stations

Glass Tech building about 2003

Signal Gas Station

Image donated by a member of the Pearson Family who lived across the street. 2010.40.09

The window company Glass Tech has been at corner of 271st and 102nd NW (west side of Stanwood) since about 1997.  This building and location once served travelers along the Old Pacific Highway (before I-5) .
Before 1924 or so the Old Pacific Highway once wound through the Stillaguamish River Valley towards East Stanwood across the railroad tracks. From the East Stanwood the road went west as it does now toward the waterfront that was the original Stanwood town.  At the corner of 102nd and 271st NW it is said there was a Red Lion Gilmore Gas station that also provided automotive services.  We have little information on this era of the building though the 1918 Sanborn plat map shows the buiiding footprint at this location much as it is today with its storage building in the back.

Manser Wangsness took it over in about 1933 on the rented land from Helen McDougall O’Melia. It was at that time known as the Signal Gas Station.  Manser Wangsness was proprietor until about 1960 and it was locally referred to as Wangsness station or the Stanwood Station.

1964 or 1965 view of the Flying A gas station era. Image donated by then owner’s daughter. 2015_04

Image of Flying A gas station in 1964 or 65. 2010_40_09

Image of Flying A gas station in 1964 or 65. 2010_40_09

In 1964 it became known as the Signal Gas station and auto repair service and operated by Dick Aldrich.  From the photographs it appears he added the garage on the north side of the building.  In 1972 Howard Moffet opened How D Glass in this building. An article in the Stanwood News Dec 27 1972 says that by then the hand pumps had disappeared. Moffet began in the glass business in Lynnwood before moving to Stanwood in 1971.  (How D Glass moved to another location nearby some time before 1981.)

In about 1981 it was a Steve’s VW Service. Another early business in the building was Bingo Auto Polish and in 1997 Glass Tech operated by Susan and Aaron James took it over though the property is leased by an owner who purchased in 2002.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you know more about this building.

Glass Tech – Gas Station turned window company, 2018.

Current Glass Tech building.

Current Glass Tech building.

The Peterson Buildings – on the brick Main Street

Our Historic brick Main street has two of the very few brick buildings in Stanwood.  The two brick buildings side by side  on the south side of Main street were built in the 1929 and early 30s.

They were often referred to as the Peterson Buildings, built by a Mr. Peterson, a local contractor who we know little about so far.

The east building was built as the Citizens Bank.  The Citizens bank company built a larger bank across the street one year later and became the Bank of Stanwood. The original building was taken over by a dentist though we are unsure of the exact succession of owners.

The west building was first used as the West Coast Telephone Company for many years.  West Coast Telephone was one of the many independent community telephone companies that operated in small usually rural communities outside of A T & T.

We are still working on the succession history of owners/renters of each building and help is always welcome.  Contact us!  If you like old buildings, consider helping us with research of our buildings for our participation in the September Historic Sites tour…




Celebrating the Community Heritage Grant

Snohomish County Clouncilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hayes presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hanks presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Councilman Nate Nehring presented to SAHS President Richard Hanks the check for the Community Heritage Grant funds that will be received this year for repairs and improvements to the historic Pearson House.
With matching funds from past Giving Tuesday donations for contractor work and volunteer labor the outside work on the D.O. Pearson House has been completed.  The interior of the Pearson House kitchen will be painted and will more closely match an 1890s era of the house. Wainscoting will be added to the interior walls of the living room. Safety and structural repairs on the SE corner of the Eldridge Center (museum) exterior stairway were also made. See previous posts for accounts of the progress made throughout the last few years. Though not a part of this project emergency replacement of the 20 year old gas furnace was necessary also recently. Minimal heating is necessary to preserve artifacts and prevent moisture damage in historic houses.  Thanks to all who are unnamed who have contributed to the project this year and remember(ed) us on Giving Tuesday